Iran Tests Sub-Launched Cruise Missile

On February 24, Iran launched a cruise missile from one of its submarines during annual naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz. According to Iranian media, the missile was launched from a Ghadir-class Iranian navy submarine and hit a predetermined surface target during the drill. The unidentified cruise missile can also reportedly be fired from Iran’s Tareq– and Fateh-class submarines. Iran has conducted several tests of its sub-launched cruise missile, with the most recent launch in 2017, which resulted in failure. Admiral Hamzeh Ali Kaviani, spokesman for the February drills, said the navy has developed “various types of sub-surface missiles and torpedoes, completing Iran’s “chain of defensive power underwater.”