Persian Gulf (missile)

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Khalij Fars
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A Khalij Fars missile on a transporter
Type Anti-ship ballistic missile
Service history
In service 2011–present
Used by Iran
Production history
Manufacturer Iran
Specifications
Length 8.86 m
Diameter 0.61 m
Warhead One

Engine Solid (single stage)
Operational
range
300 km
Speed Mach 3
Accuracy 8.50 m[1][2][3]

Khalij Fars (Persian: موشک خلیج فارس‎‎, "Persian Gulf") is an Iranian single-stage solid-propellant, supersonic anti-ship quasi ballistic missile with a range of 300 km based on the Fateh-110 missile. It is equipped with a 650 kg explosive warhead and an interception evading guidance system.

The electro-optical seeker of a Khalij Fars missile

The missile was unveiled in Feb 2011 when the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, announced that it is being mass-produced. The Iranian Fars News agency released a footage of the missile hitting a target ship successfully.[4] The missile was first tested during the Great Prophet 3 naval wargames in 2008. Israeli expert Uzi Rubin describes the missile as a game changer if used against US carriers in the Strait of Hormuz.[5]

There have been two other publicized tests of the missile. One occurred in July 2011 and the other in July 2012.[6][7] The latter test also showed footage taken by the missile's electro-optical seeker locked onto its target.[8]

Features and capabilities[edit]

Some of the Persian Gulf missile:[9]

  • A radius of 300 km operating range missiles
  • Single-stage solid fuel
  • Powered by a 650 kg explosive warhead that uses a combination of guidance systems that prevent the interception.
  • Advanced electro tip of the cap to a system to discover and navigate to the target
  • Independent after firing a missile that relied on their internal navigation system to travel without worrying about radio interference

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