Iran test-fires missiles near Strait of Hormuz

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07:51 PM December 31st, 2012

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December 31st, 2012 07:51 PM

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s navy says it has test-fired a range of weapons during on-going maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.

The Monday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes exercise spokesman Adm. Amir Rastgari as saying the Iranian-made air defense system Raad, or Thunder, was among the weapons tested.

Iran says the system fires missiles with a range of 50 kilometers (30 miles), capable of hitting targets at 22,000 meters (75,000 feet).

He said torpedoes and underwater and surface-to-surface rockets were also successfully tested.

The drill began Friday and ends Wednesday. It’s one of a number of exercises Iran holds annually.

Iran has in the past said it might close the strait over Western sanctions, but has not made such threats recently.

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