Iranian navy will be equipped with anti-ship missiles ranging 2,000 km in the near future

According to information published by the "Tehran Times" on October 16, 2021, the naval force of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) will be equipped with anti-ship cruise missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers in the near future
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The Iranian IRGC (Islamic Revolution Guard Corps) Commander Hossein Salami said, Such missiles will be capable of targeting mobile vessels. Currently, the Iranian naval forces have missiles able to range 35, 90, 300, and 700 kilometers.

Commander Hossein Salami also said the IRGC navy has made significant progress in areas of navigation in recent years. For example, he said, now the speed of boats has reached about 100 knots, which is important in terms of speed in the navigation industry.

The senior general went on to say that the IRGC navy now has hundreds of different kinds of drones for different purposes, such as reconnaissance, surveillance, combat, and suicide.

Now the UAVs used by the force have the capability to fly 1,200 kilometers, he said, adding the range of these drones is being increased.

The major general also said in the field of electronic warfare systems, data collection systems, jammers, and offensive and defensive systems, good steps have been taken by the IRGC navy.

Over the past decade, Iran has expanded its inventory by developing a domestic production capability for the Chinese C802 and C700 series cruise missiles. The C802 derivatives are known as Noor, Ghader, and Ghadir, with ranges reportedly of 120 km, 200 km and 300 km, respectively. In addition to the development and deployment of these systems, Iranian CDCMs continue to evolve in all categories including, range, speed, flight profile, autonomy, seeker, and destructiveness.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Forces (IRGC ASF) controls Iran’s ballistic missile forces. The IRGC ASF has advertised several ballistic missile variants with the capability to target ships. The variants include the Khalij-e Fars, Hormuz-1 and Hormuz-2 missiles, which reportedly have a range of 300 km and are equipped with terminal seekers, one of which is anti-radiation homing (ARH).