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Iran said Sunday it has successfully test-fired a high-speed underwater missile, saying it was capable of destroying huge warships and submarines.
The Iranian-made missile has a speed of 100 meters per second underwater, Gen. Ali Fadavi, deputy head of the Navy of the elite Revolutionary Guards, said. He called it the fastest underwater missile in the world, but it has the same speed as the Russian-made VA-111 Shkval, developed in 1995 and believed to be the world's fastest.
It was not immediately known if the Iranian missile was based on the Shkval.
"It has a very powerful warhead designed to hit big submarines. No warship can escape from this missile," Fadavi told state-run television.
On Friday, Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force chief of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, announced that Iran had successfully test-fired a a missile that can avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously using multiple warheads.
The Fajr-3, which means "Victory" in Farsi, can reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East, state Iranian media indicated - causing alarm in the United States and Israel. The announcement also is likely to stoke regional tensions and feed suspicion about Tehran's military intentions and nuclear ambitions.
US State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said in Washington Saturday that Iran's military development effort was a matter of concern for the international community. Israel also said it was alarmed by the missile report.
"This news causes much concern," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.