Strait of Hormuz
25 July 2023

Iran’s military unveiled what state media described as “the first homegrown long-range naval cruise missile that employs artificial intelligence in the software”; the defence minister claimed that “with the mass production of the Abu Mahdi missile, we will be able to fire at the enemy’s moving targets in the sea from the depths of the Iranian soil and entirely hidden places at the maximum operating pace, and complete destroy the enemy’s ships, frigates and destroyers”.

Subscribe to Crisis Group’s Email Updates

Receive the best source of conflict analysis right in your inbox.