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IRGC adds Ghadir, Nasir cruise missiles to naval fleet

The file photo shows Iranian Ghadir anti-ship cruise missile.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has taken delivery of Ghadir and Nasir cruise missiles developed at the Defense Industries Organization, a subsidiary of Iran’s Defense Ministry.

Iranian media reported the development on Sunday, a few days after the force held drills in the Persian Gulf in defense of the country’s triple islands.

With a range of up to 300 kilometers, Ghadir (CM-300) missile is widely used in coastal launchers and naval combat vessels.

It employs an inertial guidance system for its initial phase and an active radar guidance for its final phase.

Ghadir missile weighs 700 kilograms and is comprised of a 165-kilogram warhead.

The missile receives the position of sea targets from radars and moves toward them using an internal guidance system or inertia based on the accelerometer and gyroscope.

After reaching the target, the missile locks onto it while guided in the form of an active radar.

Nasir (CM-90) missile has a turbojet engine and a maximum range of 90 kilometers.

It can be launched from coastal and marine platforms.

Weighing 351 kilograms, the missile is capable of carrying a 130-kilogram warhead at a maximum speed of Mach 8, which is 8 times the speed of sound. 

Iranian military experts and engineers have in recent years made remarkable breakthroughs in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient.

Iranian officials have made clear that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense.

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