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Commander: Iran Speedboats Outpace US Vessels

25 January 2016 13:31



Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said the speedboats manufactured in Iran can sail at a much higher speed than the US vessels.

“Our fast attack craft fleet is often twice as fast as their American rivals. The plan is to make them go even faster,” Fadavi told the state-run TV on Sunday night.

Referring to the US official remarks that Washington is aware of the scope of IRGC’s missile tunnels and vessels along the Iranian coasts, he said, “The Americans don’t know everything about us and the things they know is what we, ourselves, have shown and wanted them to know it.”

“Their unknown is twice the realm of their known,” he added.

Elsewhere, Fadavi spoke of the IRGC Navy’s plans to stage massive drills in the next Iranian year (starting March 21).

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

General Fadavi announced back in May that plans to mass-produce missile launching speedboats with the speed of 80 knots per hour are on the menu.

“Based on the fifth five-year (development) plan, we should materialize our objective of mass-producing military speedboats with the speed of 80 knots per hour. This is a formidable speed in the world’s navies,” he said.

“Therefore, we should try to mass-produce speedboats that can traverse at the speed of 80 knots (per hour) and are equipped with missiles with a range of 100km; the vessels no one can catch,” the IRGC commander added.

Fadavi also said that the IRGC Navy is equipped with laboratories and pools in which the country’s experts can design and test speedboats with the speed of 120 knots per hour.

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