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Nov 14, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

ABC News: Amid continuing tensions with its neighbors and the U.S., Iran has revealed a new domestically produced hovercraft called “Thunder” that will operate in the Persian Gulf and can launch surveillance drones and missiles.

The amphibious craft, dubbed “Tondar” in Farsi and unveiled Monday during Iranian wargames, uses a cushion of air to glide over the surface of the water and can also travel on land. According to Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi. it can be used for “offensive reconnaissance operations [and] midrange amphibious missions […] for islands and coastal areas.”

Iran has repeatedly threatened to use its naval power to close off the Strait of Hormuz, the narrowest portion of the Persian Gulf. Twenty percent of the world’s oil passes through the Strait.