The Iranian Navy on Saturday boasted that it possessed airships capable of carrying out the swiftest missile strikes in the world against enemy targets.
The commander of the Iranian Navy’s Airborne Unit General Pilot Mansour Rouh Ol-Amini told the Fars News Agency that the country had “two models of BH7 and SRN6 airships and they have given us the capacity to declare that we now have the swiftest missile platforms that can fly at a high-speed and leave the region after fire.”
He added that islands in the Persian Gulf act as “aircraft carriers” for helicopters which take off and land on them.
Iran’s missile capabilities and its ongoing development program has been a major source of tension with the West, particularly with the United States. US President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and world powers in May, has called for a new agreement that restricts Iran’s missile capabilities and regional interventions.
Last month, the Trump administration began reinstating economic sanctions against Iran that were eased in exchange for concessions on Iran’s nuclear program in the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The UK, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the European Union, which also signed the deal, have criticized Trump’s decision and continue to back the agreement with Iran.
Also last month, Tehran unveiled a next-generation short-range ballistic Fateh missile, and vowed to further boost its capabilities.
The new missile’s range was not given, but previous versions of the Fateh had a range of around 200 to 300 kilometers (125-185 miles), according to the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“As promised to our dear people, we will not spare any effort to increase the missile capabilities of the country and we will certainly increase our missile power every day,” Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said at the time.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed what he said were precision missile sites hidden in Beirut by Iranian-proxy and Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Netanyahu also revealed what he said was a previously unknown Iranian nuclear site, saying it could contain up to 300 tons of nuclear material. He accused the International Atomic Energy Agency of failing to investigate findings that he presented earlier this year about Iran’s nuclear program.
In his speech before world leaders, Netanyahu said that “in Lebanon, Iran is directing Hezbollah to build secret sites to convert inaccurate projectiles into precision guided missiles, missiles that can target deep inside Israel within an accuracy of ten meters.”
“Hezbollah is deliberately using the innocent people of Beirut as human shields. They have placed three of these missile conversion sites alongside Beirut’s international airport,” he added.
Reasserting longstanding Israeli policy, he promised: “Israel will do whatever it must do to defend itself against Iran’s aggression.”
To that end, he said, “We will continue to act against you in Syria, we will act against you in Lebanon, we will act against you in Iraq, we will act against you whenever and wherever we must act to defend our state and to defend our people.”