DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s navy has mounted a regionally constructed superior defensive weapons system on one in every of its warships for the primary time, the Iranian navy chief was quoted as saying on Saturday, as tensions mount with the U.S. army within the Gulf.
FILE PHOTO: Iran’s nationwide flags are seen on a sq. in Tehran February 10, 2012. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed earlier this month it held struggle video games within the Gulf, saying they have been aimed toward “confronting potential threats” by enemies.
The U.S. army’s Central Command confirmed it had seen elevated Iranian naval exercise, extending to the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for oil shipments the Revolutionary Guards have threatened to dam.
Iran has been livid over U.S. President Donald Trump’s determination to drag out of a global settlement on Iran’s nuclear program and re-impose sanctions on Tehran.
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi “reiterated that coastal and sea testing of the quick vary protection Kamand system have been concluded efficiently, and stated this method was mounted … on a warship and will probably be mounted on a second ship quickly,” the semi-official Tasnim information company reported,
The Kamand has been dubbed the “Iranian Phalanx” after an automatic machinegun produced by U.S. agency Raytheon whose heavy bullets shred incoming missiles.
Unable to import many weapons due to worldwide sanctions and arms embargoes, Iran has developed a big home weapons trade to attain self-sufficiency in producing army tools, and infrequently stories on its growth of arms which it says are comparable with superior Western programs.
Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Enhancing by Toby Chopra