Defiant Iran Conducts More Ballistic Missile Tests; This Time From Naval Vessel

Tyler Durden's picture

As tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to mount, the semi-official news agency Tasnim is reporting that Iran's Revolutionary Guard has successfully conducted yet another ballistic missile test, this time from a navy vessel.  Called the Hormuz 2, these latest missiles are designed to destroy moving targets at sea at ranges up to 300 km (180 miles).

Reports on the latest test quotes Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Force, who confirmed that "the naval ballistic missile called Hormuz 2 successfully destroyed a target which was 250 km away."

The missile test is the latest event in a long-running rivalry between Iran and the United States in and around the Strait of Hormuz, which guards the entrance to the Gulf. About 20% of the world's oil passes through the waterway, which is less than 40 km wide at its narrowest point.



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Of course, this latest provocation follows additional tests conducted earlier this week in which Iran test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles into the Gulf of Oman and subsequently proceeded to provoke a U.S. Navy ship in the area.  For those who missed it, here is what we wrote earlier this week:

Trump's geopolitical headaches continue to mount.

One day after North Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles, 3 of which fell into the East Sea inside Japan's economic exclusion zone, and which have painted a spotlight on how Trump will react to this latest provocation, Fox reports that Iran also test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles this weekend into the Gulf of Oman, with one missile destroying a floating barge approximately 155 miles away.

The launches of the Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missiles were the first tests of the missile in two years, one official said. It was not immediately clear if this was the first successful test at sea -- raising concerns for the U.S. Navy, which operates warships in the area.

According to one quoted official, Iran launched the two short-range ballistic missiles from Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps bases in Bandar-e-Jask, in southeastern Iran. The first missile was fired on Saturday, but missed its target, though it landed “in the vicinity,” one official said. A day later, Iran made another attempt and was successful. The Iranian Fateh-110 Mod 3 has a new “active seeker,” helping the missile locate ships at sea, according to one official.

"It's a concern based on the range and that one of the missiles worked," said one official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the launch. Two years ago, Iranian cruise missiles destroyed a large barge designed to look like an American aircraft carrier. Iranian state-television broadcast the images publicly at the time.

The new Iranian short-range ballistic missile launches come a week after Iran successfully test-fired Russian surface-to-air missiles, part of the S-300 air defense system Russia sent to Iran recently.

According to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Iran has conducted as many as 14 ballistic missile launches since the landmark nuclear agreement in July 2015. A senior U.S. military official told Fox News that Iran had made great advances in its ballistic missile program over the past decade.

Late last month, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Iran’s behavior had not changed since the White House put the Islamic Republic “on notice” following Iran’s successful intermediate-range ballistic missile test-launch in late January.

This launch appears to be in addition to what we reported on Saturday, in which Iran successfully test-fired a sophisticated, Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system, according to the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday. The drill took place during a recent military exercise named Damvand, and was attended by senior military commanders and officials according to Tasnim.

In a separate report, Reuters notes that Iranian vessels came within 600 yards of U.S. Navy ship in Strait of Hormuz, forced it to change direction, Reuters says in tweet, citing unidentified official.

It is unclear as of this moment if the two incident were related, and whether the White House plans on responding to either the North Korean ballistic missile launch or the latest moves by Tehran as the Trump administration has vowed to do.

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BullyBearish's picture

Imagine...with such belligerent neighbors you are accused of trying to protect yourself...

Raffie's picture

Sooner or later a spark will fall into the global tinderbox and P00F.. the world will be at war.

NidStyles's picture

So have we had third party confirmation on this, or is it another green screen BS scam?


I don't trust any of these people, not a single one.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

So, if Iran is fire off missile, is create heat signature, no? If US Amerika is upset, just to say, why not nuke missile site. Same is North Korea. Is USA so stupid or just is so weak?

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BennyBoy's picture


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lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) BennyBoy Mar 9, 2017 9:32 PM

Iran knows Trump's got a bull's eye on them. So they're preparing for the coming war.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) lexxus Mar 10, 2017 2:43 AM

This is not good. Putin, Trump and others should join hands and sing kumbaya, not going berserk

Global Leaders Rattle their Sabers as The World Marches Toward War


serotonindumptruck's picture

USA is Israel prison bitch. USA take it and like it.

The central planners's picture

And then your country has to fight the US, brillian idea Boris. Please keep mining copper its clear that geopolitics its not your best skill.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Sorry for offense, Boris is not mean USA friend is stupid, is mean USA GOVERNMENT is stupid, you know, deep state military industrial complex?

The central planners's picture

Lets hope does not reach the level of stupidity to decide  attack any China or Russian protectorate.

keep the bastards honest's picture

"subsequently proceeded to provoke a U.S. Navy ship in the area."

NO. the us navy ship of scum changed course.  

serotonindumptruck's picture

Israel's gonna love that.



Ignatius's picture

What's Iran supposed to do in view of the constant war rhetoric?  Put their butt in the air and advertise free lube?

No, what they're saying to Israel and the West is, if you start this there's gonna be 1,000 missiles headed to Tel Aviv.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

And who do we have to thank for this situation?


IRAN and Saudi Arabia conflict will probably be the first big-time event in ME. (sunni vs shiite)

Why? Because Muslims have been at war for centuries and this will be just another war over ideological differences.

The year 2017 looks to be full of surprises.

NidStyles's picture

I for one want nothing to do with their conflict, and I don't think we should be on anyone's side. Fuck both of those countries and the people that make them up.

arby63's picture

I haven't read anything about war rhetoric in the literal sense. I'd bet you 10 to 1 that if Persians were in charge of Iran the tone would be 100% different. 

Razor_Edge's picture

Did you go the the same school as George W ("the problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur")? Sure seems so!

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

Iran, or any country for that matter, has the right to defend themselves and their people.  They have continually stated they would only attack out of self defense.  As long as their tests don't involve missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, they're not violating any resolutions, agreements, or treaties.

arby63's picture

And that's the real truth. We all have opinions but we all see the slow march toward global devastation. Who can stop it? Too many players and too many agendas.

All the while, most people in the world are simply trying to make a decent living and enjoy some life. Go figure.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Yeah, Lee Camp had a map of the region with all these American bases surrounding Iran.  Imagine Iran feelling encircled.

August's picture

Iran fires missiles from and into its own offshore waters:  PROVOCATION!

USA operates heavily-armed vessels just outside (and occasionally inside) Iran's territorial waters:  FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION!

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Mar 9, 2017 4:03 PM

Bomb them first Iran before they bomb you

Squid Viscous's picture

PLEASE launch one at Tel Aviv...tipped with whatever you got

arby63's picture

Although I do get your point, you know very well the real result of such an action. The USA could essentially try and remain "uninvolved" but that would last 24 hours. Then what? 

Sometimes I blame the Brits for the whole mess in the ME given their prominent role in drawing the artificial borders and the creation (suddenly I guess is the best word to use) Israel out of thin blue sky.

I don't begrudge Israel for their existence but the mess in the ME will never be repaired with "war" looming at every tick of the clock. There's no solution without the entire globe demanding a solution. That means virtually every living, breathing being demanding a solution to the friction and intolerance.

Both "sides" are to blame. America is but a pawn in this game and everyone knows it. In the bigger scheme of things, Americans in general could care less about the ME solution---as long as there is one (which there isn't and will not be in our lifetime).

War is inevitable. A nasty one that probably takes us all down. Who could deny it is the most likely outcome?

cossack55's picture

Don't leave out the French. They have wanted Syria and Lebanon for going on 150 years (or 1000 years if you count the crusades)

arby63's picture

True. I was just thinking outloud.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

...tipped with whatever you got


Be the first tip many in Tel Aviv would see

MaxThrust's picture

I would like to take a different look at this situation.

How about we have a headline that says Global Hedgemoninc Evil [country bombing] Deepstate controlled oligarchy the USSA Today test fired a new range of missles soon to be unleashed on another unsuspecting population some were in the Middle East, North Africa or North Korea.

It seems every other country is not allowed to develope their own weapons for their own defence against the Zionist Global Cabal.


BigFatUglyBubble's picture

"semi-official news agency Tasnim"

So is it semi-fake news?  Partially real fake news.? Partially fake real news?

To me sounds like more propaganda for aggressive US militarization of the middle east, in order to defend petro-dollar.

blue51's picture

Lispsy Graham is giving his scripted BS again .

taketheredpill's picture



Military ships, especially Aircraft Carriers, are only good for military appropriations.


4 men + Boston Whaler + Excocet = Scrap Metal



BorisTheBlade's picture

First, not gonna launch Exocet from a small boat, second, it will take perhaps more than one missile to damage aircraft carrier to the point sufficient to render it inoperable. That said, mosquito fleet and anti-ship missiles together with mining can severely restrict any navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran will pull this card every time it feels threatened.

Rolln's picture

Can we make Iran a parking lot already...

arby63's picture

I wish the Persians would eliminate a few Mullahs and life would be looking a lot better across the region.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Flagged as #American-Embarrassment

arby63's picture

I seriously have no idea if Iran will ever do anything offensively but I'm preparing my bunker in the event this shit gets stupid and a war ensues in the ME that involves Israel and Iran. What an ugly mess that will create. The "spread" factor is YUGE.

me or you's picture

Lucky you! Have a bunker.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I've been in my bunker for 17 months already.  My Hustler magazines are getting boring (pages stuck together too), I'm all out of scotch and little debbies fruit pies, and my waste containment unit is starting to overflow (pee-yeeew). 



me or you's picture

They should get the nuke to keep American and Israeli warmongers at bay. 

Bryan's picture

Somebody out there wants a war with the US.

DuneCreature's picture

So fucking what?

If your neighborhood was surrounded with CIA trained and funded killer assholes you'd be testing your weapons too.

Live Hard, Or You Would Be A Brain Dead Idiot, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

DuneCreature's picture

Well, not quite everyone...... George for instance, takes a dim view of the warmongering CIA and their 'owners'.


This is getting kind of funny! ... I love it.

George Webb is slicing and dicing all of the CIA dirty tricks the agency has going on US soil. Dyncorpse, JTTF, hacking and cracking, brownstone operations, etc. etc. etc. ...... And now, Gulan is getting undressed in public. (I was warned to stay out of that one myself because it would really piss off the CIA.) ..... Next up? .. Chemtrails, I hope. That one has us all in the cross hairs and needs to be addressed. (Listening, Mr President? ... The chems are killing your grandkids too)

My working theory about George Webb is; He has a big time tap into CeyeA resources and probably CeyeA protection too.

George is the Energizer Terminator Bunny and his target is the CIA.

Go George! Go!

Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip. ... Show the CIA what water torture is really all about, George! ... Day 133, Day 134, Day 135, Day 136.... Hahaha!

Live Hard, You Were Warned, You Don't Shit In Your Own Nest, Mr. Langley(s), Die Free

~ DC v5.0

lakecity55's picture

A lot of those cia crackers need to be arrested!


shovelhead's picture

Well if it bothers you so much Israel, go get froggy.

Yeah, I thought so.

flaminratzazz's picture

Love to see Israel test the Iranian's S-300s