In several Iranian TV interviews, IRGC Navy Commander Ali Fadavi talked about the new "strategic" weapon tested in the recent maneuvers and said: "The [Americans] know better than ever before that they must not even think about initiating any confrontation against the Islamic Revolution. That's what deterrence is all about." He refused to say whether the "strategic" weapon was launched from a submarine. The interviews aired on IRINN, the Iranian news channel on February 25 and on Al-Alam TV on March 2.
Following are excerpts:
IRINN, February 25, 2015:
Ali Fadavi: Our enemy will never know the full extent of our capabilities - except on the battlefield, when it will be too late.
The entire Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the entire Gulf of Oman to the northern Indian Ocean are within the range of our weapons and our ships, and are subject to the decision-making of our fighters. The Americans are aware of this all the time. Perhaps they know this even better than our own public. The Americans can sense these capabilities near them. You may have footage of the daily interaction between us and our enemies - the Americans and their allies - in the Persian Gulf. You can see there how every foreign ship that enters the region comes under close surveillance through the various intelligence means at our disposal. The Americans are incapable of doing anything undetected by the hawk-eyes of the fighters of Islam.
They know better than ever before that they must not even think about initiating any confrontation against the Islamic Revolution. That's what deterrence is all about.
I can say with confidence that today, America is the leading country in the world to take care not to accidentally shoot a single bullet in the Persian Gulf. They know that they will be the biggest losers in the confrontation that will ensue from that shot. That is why they are careful.
Nobody in America, no political or military official, even thinks with a single brain cell about war with the Islamic Revolution. The occasional statements by the US president that all options are on the table have become a farce, a joke, even among the US officials.
Al-'Alam TV, March 2, 2015:
TV host: At the end of these maneuvers, you tested a strategic weapon that was launched from under the water. However, the information about this missile remained under wraps. You did not say much about it. What details can you provide about this missile? What launcher did you use? Was it launched from a submarine? What is the range and the accuracy of this missile?
Ali Fadavi: Yes, we have been presenting new weapons in our maneuvers. In the past, we unveiled other weapon systems. We have produced weapons that we announced recently. The Americans said: "We are not worried about the Iranians, because we are familiar with their weapon systems." I believe that this [new] weapon is a strategic weapon. It has special characteristics. I would like to keep this information for the future. It is a very special weapon, and the Americans cannot even surmise how strong and effective this weapon is. The Americans will know... I hope that there will not be circumstances in which we will have to use this weapon.
TV host: Was it launched from a submarine?
Ali Fadavi: I'd rather not [reveal] this information. Whoever wants the answer to this will have to wait for the future.