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Postby IPC » Sun Apr 02, 2006 12:42 pm

Iran fires world's fastest underwater missile!

Iran fires "world's fastest underwater missile"

A TV grab taken off Iran TV shows the test-firing in Gulf waters of a new Iranian high-speed underwater missile capable of destroying huge warships and submarines.(AFP/IRANIAN TV)

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Iran said on Sunday it had test fired what it described as the world's fastest underwater missile during a week of war games in the Gulf, Iranian state television reported.

Iran's ambassador to the IAEA Aliasghar Soltaniyeh addresses the media during a news briefing in the U.N. nuclear watchdog's Vienna headquarters in this February 1, 2006 file photo. Iran on April 2 blasted the U.N. Security Council for trying to pressure it into halting its uranium enrichment work but pledged to keep cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) watchdog. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

"The world's fastest underwater missile was successfully test fired on the third day of the 'Holy Prophet war games'," state television reported in a caption without giving a source or details.

Western nations have been watching developments in Iran's missile capabilities with concern amid a standoff over the Iranian nuclear programme, which the West says is aimed at building atomic bombs. Iran says the program is civilian.

On Friday, Iran's armed forces said they had successfully test fired a domestically produced missile from land which could evade radar.

Iranian state television had said that missile was called Fajr-3. But Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guards air force, did not name the new weapon or give the missile's range, saying it depended on the warhead weight.

He told state television it was a defensive weapon.

The U.S.-based military affairs Web site describes the Fajr-3 as a 240 mm artillery rocket with a 25-mile range, one of a group of light rockets Iran has developed mainly for tactical use on the battlefield.

However, it also says Iran has been working on another missile, called the Kosar, that would be undetectable by radar and designed to sink ships in the Gulf.
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Postby IPC » Sun Apr 02, 2006 12:44 pm

Iran Calls Test of New Missile Successful

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Iran conducted its second major test of a new missile within days on Sunday, firing a high-speed torpedo it said no submarine or warship can escape at a time of increased tensions with the U.S. over its nuclear program.

The tests came during war games that Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have been holding in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea since Friday.

On the maneuvers' first day, Iran said it successfully tested the Fajr-3 missile, which can avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously using multiple warheads.

The new torpedo, called the "Hoot," or "whale," could raise concerns over Iran's power in the Gulf, a vital corridor for the world's oil supplies and where the U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet is based. During Iran's war with Iraq in the 1980s, Iranian ships attacked oil tankers in the Gulf, and Iran and the U.S. military engaged in limited clashes.

Iran's state television stopped its normal programs to break news of the torpedo test, showing it being launched from a ship into the Gulf waters, then hitting its target, a derelict ship.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) and Gholamreza Aghazadeh (L), head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation visit the Natanz uranium enrichment facilities some 322 kms, south of the capital Tehran, February 2006. The five key members of the Security Council reached agreement on a statement urging Iran to abandon uranium enrichment activities and hope to have it approved by the full council later in the day, Britain's UN envoy said.(AFP/MEHR NEWS/File)

Gen. Ali Fadavi, deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards' navy, said the ships that fire the Iranian-made Hoot had radar-evading technology and that the torpedo — moving at 223 miles per hour — was too fast to elude.

"It has a very powerful warhead designed to hit big submarines. Even if enemy warship sensors identify the missile, no warship can escape from this missile because of its high speed," Fadavi told state television.

The Hoot's speed would make it about three or four times faster than a normal torpedo and as fast as the world's fastest known underwater missile, the Russian-made VA-111 Shkval, developed in 1995. It was not immediately known if the Hoot was based on the Shkval.

The new weapon gives Iran "superiority" against any warship in the region, Fadavi said, in a veiled reference to U.S. vessels in the Gulf. It was not immediately clear whether the torpedo can carry a nuclear warhead.

Cmdr. Jeff Breslau, spokesman for the U.S. 5th Fleet based on the tiny Arab island nation of Bahrain in the Gulf, said no special measures were taken in reaction to the Iranian war games, even after the latest missile test.

He would not comment on whether the new torpedo represents a threat to American forces in the region.

"In general terms, no matter where we operate in the world, we're aware of other capabilities that exist and of other countries that aren't as friendly to the U.S., and we pay attention to those capabilities," he said.

The U.S. and Iranian navies have had brush-ups during the past — during the "Tanker War," when U.S. warships moved into the Gulf to guard oil tankers.

In 1988, the frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts was badly damaged by an Iranian mine. In response, the U.S. Navy launched its largest engagement of surface warships since World War II. Two Iranian ships were destroyed, and an American helicopter was shot down, killing the two pilots.

Iran is now trying to show its strength amid worries of U.S. military action over its nuclear program, which Washington says aims to produce nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusation, saying it intends only to generate electricity.

The U.N. Security Council has demanded Iran give up uranium enrichment, a crucial part of the nuclear process. Washington is pressing for sanctions if Tehran continues its refusal to do so, though U.S. officials have not ruled out military action as an eventual option, insisting they will not allow Iran to gain a nuclear arsenal.

Iran's hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has warned that the United States will "suffer" if it takes action against its nuclear program. Some have seen that as a threat to increase militant action in the region or turn to the oil weapon, though Iranian oil officials have ruled out any squeeze in supplies.

Iran, which views the United States as an arch foe and is concerned about the U.S. military presence in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, says the maneuvers aim to develop the Guards' defensive capabilities. The United States and its Western allies have been watching Iran's progress in missile capabilities with concern. Iran already possesses the Shahab-3 missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting U.S forces in the Middle East.

The upgraded version of the ballistic Shahab-3 missile can travel about 1,200 miles, putting Israel within easy range. Fadavi said Sunday's torpedo test was the outcome of six years of hard work at the Iranian Aerospace Industries, affiliated with the Defense Ministry.

More than 17,000 Revolutionary Guards forces are taking part in the weeklong maneuvers in the Gulf.

On Sunday, guards paratroops practiced a drop in an attack on a mock enemy position, and warships, jet fighters, helicopters and sophisticated electronic equipment were used in other exercises.

The television report said Sunday's war games included measures to respond to electronic jams caused by a mock enemy.

Iran has routinely held war games over the past two decades to improve its combat readiness and test locally made equipment such as missiles, tanks and armored personnel carriers.

Iran launched an arms development program during its 1980-88 war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and a fighter plane.
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Postby Chris » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:45 pm

Where did they get these from?
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Postby Winston06 » Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:35 pm

Chris wrote:Where did they get these from?

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Postby Kargozaran » Fri Apr 28, 2006 4:59 am

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If we get them from Russia, then how come Russia don't have them and no one has it but us? We are so advanced in technology which you can't believe. If you would know how advanced we are, you would shit yourselves. We are hiding many different programs from the world. We have capabilities beyond your belief. You don't know whats going on in Iran. You and your stupid shahi media in exile, stupid monafeghs, your opposition, your stupid movements and sites. You don't know anything. We are building military jet fighters and launching satellites in space. You don't know whats going on in Iran, you sit in Yankee land and you talk talk talk like stupid parrots. Try travel to Iran once a while, ride the great Tehran Metro, see our technology networks, look at our scientific advances and visit our industries, corporations, stock market, factories, .... You would shit yourself if you knew how advance our Atomic Energy program is.

You are idiots. You think we ride donkeys back home. You make wrong analysis, thats why you have been sitting in exile, bad mouthing Iran for more than two decades. A bunch of Shahi and Monafegh fools. Noone buys your shit in Iran. Try travel to Iran once a while and see up close where is Iran heading. The best Iranian businessmen, technologists, scientists, technocrats and professionals live in Iran. You are full of shit. All of you are full of shit. Do you know whats the difference between you and me? I am an Iranian Technocrat Merchant serving our republic, but you are dreaming fools living in exile. Every Iranian product you buy in your Iranian markets are imported to west by us. We are holding Iran's business pulse. Try travel to Iran and open your eyes and heart to facts.

We already have a republic, democratic procedures, multi political parties and factions and our republic is very advanced. Keep your freedoms and democracy for your corrupt western lifestyles. We don't buy it. We have one thing you don't have. We have human morality, we have Maanaviyat. Islamic Republic of Iran is a Maanavi Republic. But you fools don't understand that. People of Iran decided what they want and why they want it and they voted for it. You are fools in exile, Table too khali making noise. Iran is so great and so perfect but you fools can't see it. You are blind, try travel to Iran and open your eyes. God is with Iran. Ma yek Jomhooriye Maanavi hastim.

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