Homegrown Torpedoes Fired in Iran’s Naval Drill
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Navy fired various types of homegrown torpedoes during a war game underway in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.
On the second day of the naval exercise on Saturday, the Iranian Navy’s submarines fired various torpedoes to practice hitting hostile watercraft.
During the drill, codenamed Velayat-97, the Iranian ‘Tareq’ submarine fired an electric torpedo, while the ‘Qadeer’ submarine launched a domestically-manufactured torpedo called ‘Valfajr’.
In another operation, a Sikorsky SH helicopter dropped a Mark 46 torpedo to detonate a marine target.
The war game is being held in an area of around 2 million square kilometers in Iran’s southern waters, from the Strait of Hormuz to the southeastern coasts of Makran, the Sea of Oman and the northern parts of the Indian Ocean, down to the 10-degrees latitude.
The drill is held in four separate phases, including naval parades, simulation of a real naval war, maritime and land offense to practice recapturing the territories occupied by the enemy, and the display of the Navy’s power by launching various types of missiles and torpedoes.
The Navy flies patrol, reconnaissance and bomber drones for the first time during the war game.
Iran’s Armed Forces hold routine military exercises throughout the year.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.