Iran launches cruise missile from submarine for first time during war drills

Iran has launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz, local media reported Sunday.

Iranian media said the “anti-ship cruise missile” was launched from a Ghadir-class submarine.

Iran’s other submarines, the Tareq and the new domestically built Fateh (Conqueror) have the same anti-ship capability, IRNA quoted a military statement as saying.

More than 100 vessels were taking part in three-day war games in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean, state media reported.

Iran launched its domestically made destroyer Sahand in December, which official say has radar-evading stealth properties.

Iran frequently touts its military arsenal, much of which is manufactured locally because of international sanctions.

Iranian officials in the past have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile US action, including attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme last May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

He said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.