Iran test fires new homemade cruise missile in naval drill

BREAKING: Iran says it has successfully conducted a series of tests of maritime missiles of varying sizes and ranges, including a new homemade cruise missile.

New generation cruise missiles, with a range of 280 km (175 miles) were tested Thursday morning during exercises by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards terror group navy in the Gulf of Oman, in the Indian Ocean close to the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

“During the exercises, short-range and long-range coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles were successfully fired from the coast and decks of ships, hitting their targets with great precision,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

The drill was codenamed “Ramadan Martyrs” for the 19 sailors killed on May 10, when an Iranian warship belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group shot and sunk another Iranian Navy vessel.

Western military analysts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities but concerns about its long-range ballistic missiles program contributed to the US decision to leave Iran’s 2015 deal to rein in its nuclear ambitions in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.