British Navy Says It Seized Smuggled Iranian Missiles

Voice of America News reports: “Britain’s Royal Navy said Thursday one of its warships seized Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air-missiles and engines for cruise missiles, from smugglers in international waters south of Iran early this year.

A helicopter from the HMS Montrose frigate spotted speedboats moving away from the Iranian coast on Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 and dozens of packages containing the advanced weaponry were confiscated, the Royal Navy said in a statement.

‘The seized packages were returned to the U.K. for technical analysis which revealed that the shipment contained multiple rocket engines for the Iranian produced 351 land attack cruise missile and a batch of 358 surface-to-air missiles,’ it added.

It did not say where the missiles were bound, but said the 351 cruise missile, with a range of 1,000 kilometers, is often used by Yemen’s Houthi group to target Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates…”

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