TEHRAN – Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics presented on Saturday a new long-range cruise missile that was made locally and succeeded in its test launch.
The announcement of the new guided-missile, named “Hoveyzeh,” came at an event held in capital Tehran, which was attended by Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami, who provided details about the weapon, according to the Iranian news agency of ISNA.
“The missile has a range of over 1,350 kilometers, can fly at a low altitude, has high precision and accuracy and is capable of heavily destroying ground targets,” Hatami was quoted as saying.
The Iranian defense minister added: “The flight test was carried out in a range of 1,200 kilometers and managed to accurately hit predetermined targets.”
“The Hoveyzeh missile is the symbol of self-belief and an important defense achievement based on today’s technological progress in the world,” Hatami said. “The missile also shows that no obstacle can hinder the Iranian nation’s determination and will in the defense field.”
The news came in the wake of the country’s 40th Islamic revolution anniversary to be celebrated on Feb. 11, and the Defense Ministry saying it managed to reach such an achievement despite re-imposed sanctions by the United States.
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the Iran nuclear deal and has re-imposed some sanctions on the Islamic Republic, including an oil embargo, saying that new terms should be negotiated, which was rejected by Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani.
The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Iran and the US, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, limits Tehran’s atomic program in exchange for lifting international sanctions, but does not include any reference to conventional weapons or the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic.
However, Iran’s ballistic missile programs were among the reasons given by Trump to withdraw his country from the nuclear deal.
Trump was seeking to add additional conditions to the agreement, such as limits on Iran’s military capabilities, especially its ballistic missile system, as well as Tehran’s support for the Syrian regime and the Lebanese group Hezbollah, among others.
Meanwhile, European countries have been working to keep the deal from collapsing through measures dedicated to guaranteeing economic benefits for Iran that were part of the deal.