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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Iran Test-Fires Sub-Launched Missile

Iran reported today that they've successfully tested a "long-range" missile from a submarine. The report came from a televised announcement that also apparently included a video of a missile exiting the water and hitting a target about half a mile away. I haven't been able to find the video yet, but I'm not sure that they were claiming that the video was of the most recent launch -- if so, it seems the Iranians might have a different definition of "long range" than most others.

The Iranians also claim that the missile can be fired from other surface ships. If so, it sounds like it might be their version of the Harpoon missile; they're apparently calling it the "Thaqeb", or "Jupiter" missile.

Getting a torpedo-tube launched missile to actually work is a fairly significant achievement; if the missile is the equivalent of a Harpoon, it would mean the Iranians are only 30 years behind the West in sub-launched anti-surface missile hardware, as opposed to the more than 60 years that they're behind us in uranium enrichment technology.

Staying at PD...

Update 0025 29 August: It looks now like they're translating "Thaqeb" as "Saturn".

Update 0659 30 August: Strategy Page thinks it might have been Russian-designed Klub-S missile. That kind of makes sense.


Blogger Michael said...

Care to make any comments on the Russian SS-N-22/3M80 missile, better known as the Sunburn? There are some folks posting on LGF today about the possible threat from that missle in any conflict with Iran. I know it was designed as a carrier killer, and the Chinese Navy has a version of it as well.
Iran has Exocets, and Britain had trouble with those in the Falklands War many years ago. Cruise missles have certainly become more advanced since then.
I tried Googling for info., but most of the pages discussing it seemed dubious, far right to the 10th power types.

8/28/2006 12:35 PM


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