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Iran to produce new indigenous destroyers: Deputy defense minister

9 June 2015 22:29


Iran’s Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the Islamic Republic plans to manufacture new domestically-designed and advanced destroyers within the next few years.

Speaking at a ceremony in the northern Iranian port city of Noshahr on Tuesday, Hatami said the new Mowj-class (Wave-class) destroyers will be built in the next few years.

The Iranian deputy defense minister also praised Iranian military experts for the production of indigenous Damavand destroyer.

He added that Damavand is the second generation of Jamaran destroyer and enjoys more sophisticated equipment and weapons, can carry a larger number of crew members, and said that its maneuverability has improved compared to its predecessor.

Damavand destroyer, equipped with modern radar, electronic and reconnaissance systems, was delivered to the Iranian naval forces stationed in the northern port city of Anzali on March 9.

The Iranian Navy launched Jamaran, its first domestically-built destroyer, in the Persian Gulf waters in February 2010.

The 1,420-ton destroyer enjoys modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities, has a helipad and can cruise at the speed of up to 30 knots (55 kilometers) an hour.

Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector over the past few years, and has achieved self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems. The Islamic Republic says its military might poses no threat to other countries, and its defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.

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