Iran says long-range missile test is a success

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's navy says it has test-fired a surface-to-surface cruise missile during a drill in international waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The official IRNA news agency says the missile, called "Ghader," or "Capable" in Farsi, is an upgraded version of one that has been in service before.

The report didn't elaborate. An earlier version of the missile had a range of 124 miles (200 kilometers) and could travel at low altitudes. There were suggestions it could be used to counter the U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf.

The report says two more missiles would be tested on Monday.

Iran said Sunday it test-fired an advanced surface-to-air missile during the drill. An Iranian lawmaker said the maneuvers serve as practice for closing the strait if the West blocks Iran's oil sales.


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