Iran says it has launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz. The semi-official Fars news agency reported the launch on Sunday and released an image showing a green submarine on the surface of the water launching an orange missile. It says other submarines have the same capability. The Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, is a crucial bottleneck for global energy supplies, with about a third of all oil traded by sea passing through it.
DEBKAfile’s military sources note: The submarine from which the missile was launched was floating on the surface, not submerged. The Qadir-class sub cited in the Iranian communique is a dwarf vessel, which is hardly capable of carrying a large cruise missile and surviving the recoil of the blast.