Naval Weapons

IRGC Navy receives Nasir anti-ship missiles

25 April 2017
The coverage of the ceremony showed 10 missiles lined up with their noses protruding from their shipping containers. Source: MODAFL

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) formally took delivery of the first consignment of the new Nasir anti-ship missile during a ceremony held on 22 April.

Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the Nasir can be mounted on speedboats, prepared quickly for launch, flies at a low flight altitude, and has an advanced radar system that gives it anti-jamming capabilities.

Iranian television showed footage of a Nasir being launched, apparently against a barge that had been loaded with shipping containers to give it a larger radar cross section. The missile flew so low it hit the barge instead of the containers. It did not explode, possibly because it was not carrying a live warhead, but the unspent fuel it was carrying created a fire.

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