In a recent manipulation by the Mullah Regime in Tehran,
Iran claimed that it ‘successfully’ launched missiles from the depth of sea to
surface targets from cruise missile on Sunday during naval exercises near the
Strait of Hormuz.
“This is the first time Iran achieves the know how to launch missiles from the depth of sea to surface targets. This system will surprise the enemies as they cannot identify the location where the missiles are launched,” IRGC’s media “MEHR” stated Sunday, sharing a photo alleging it is the Iranian Ghadir Class submarine launching the cruise missile on the third day of ‘Velayat-97’ drills in the Sea of Oman.
Searching for the photo origin, Baghdad Post has found that the alleged photo belongs to the Russian navy, and it dates back to 2017.
“According to reports, other Iranian submarines such as Tareq and Fateh are also capable to launch such cruise missiles,” MEHR added.
Iranian naval forces on Friday started a massive three-day drill, codenamed 'Velayat-97', in the Arab Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
Tehran has in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf, in retaliation for any hostile US action, including attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions.
In August, Washington said Iran had test-fired a short-range anti-ship missile in the strait during naval drills it believed were intended as a warning following President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
More than 100 vessels were taking part in the ongoing three-day war games in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean, state media reported.
Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program last May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
Iran's expansion of its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles, has been met with expressions of concern by the United States and European countries. Tehran says the program provides deterrent capabilities and is defensive.
The USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf in December, ending a long absence of US aircraft carriers in the waterway.
Western experts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, although there are concerns about its long-range ballistic missiles.
Footage shared on social media by Iran’s Fars News Agency shows
alleged capabilities of launching a C-801/802 cruise missile from a Ghadir
Class submarine, where the alleged cruise missile launched from the sub, the speed,
the propulsion, the near to surface level clearly are for of a torpedo from a
submarine at surface.
The Next scene is the launch of an alleged cruise missile from a Ghadir Sub. It appears that it is not a C-801 (YJ-82). The C-801 (YJ-82) submarine-launched version can be used only when the sub has surfaced which is not the case.
The C-802 is a missile with a rocket booster and a small turbojet engine. After the launch the booster is jettisoned and the turbojet sees action. In the footage it is not possible to see the rocket booster ejected. But there is a size issue.
The still of the launch does not really look like a C-801 or a C-802, the wings are very close to the ovoid nose as opposed to the C801/2 which wings are farther in the rear. It would rather look like a C-704/Nasr missile.
The conclusion is, it is not a Ghadir sub, but rather a static testing platform anchored to allow a canister being set vertically so the missile fired would be very near to surface because the ignition already occurs below sea level as opposed to a true sub launched missile.