U.S. officials have confirmed that Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles over the weekend and sent boats within close proximity to a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz.
The Iranian boats approached the “USNS Invincible,” but then stopped within 600 yards. The Invincible was accompanied by three ships from the British Royal Navy.
All four ships were forced to change course, Reuters reported.
The “Fateh-100” ballistic missiles have not been tested by Iran in the two years leading up to this weekend.
The first test was on Saturday, but the test failed. Then, on Sunday, Iran tried again, only this time the test was successful in destroying a floating barge approximately 155 miles away.
According to Fox News:
The Fateh-110 Mod 3 has a new “active seeker,” helping the missile locate ships at sea.
Two years ago, Iranian cruise missiles destroyed a large barge designed to look like an American aircraft carrier. Iranian state-television broadcast the images publicly at the time.
A senior U.S. military official told Fox News that Iran had made great advances in its ballistic missile program over the past decade.
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