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Commander: IRGC Navy Plans to Develop Unique Submarines

7 June 2016 10:08

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Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced that the IRGC is working on new types of submarines different from the normal ones used by the US and Russia.

“Monitoring the subsurface doesn’t necessarily need having subsurface vessels and there are different ways to do it and we are after them too and have been successful and are working on them,” Fadavi told FNA on Monday.

“On the other side, building submarines is among the IRGC Navy’s plans but not the normal submarines existing in the world based on what the US and the Russians have defined; principally, the IRGC is after presenting a new theory and definition for naval power,” he added.

His remarks came after a university student in Iran presented a plan to build an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) with the capability of tracking mines and firing torpedoes.

The plan presented by a student at the IRGC’s Imam Hossein (AS) University in Tehran was revealed in a TV report last month.

The student explained that the plan, which seems to be in the preliminary stages, includes manufacturing of an unmanned submarine (sometimes known as underwater drone) capable of discovering mines and firing torpedoes.

Iran has made huge progress in building different subsurface vessels and equipping them with the state-of-the-art weapons.

In relevant remarks in November, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the country’s submarines have been equipped with the capability to fire home-made long-range Qadir cruise missiles.

“The missiles that we are using today are good and proper missiles to fulfill different missions, including coast-to-sea or surface-to-surface missions, or to be fired from a vessel or by submarines,” Sayyari said, addressing a ceremony to mark delivery of a large number of high-precision and long-range Qadir cruise missiles from the defense ministry to the Navy.

His comments came one month after he announced that the advanced Valfajr torpedoes whose mass-production started in October had been mounted on the country’s home-made submarines.

“Valfajr torpedo is now used by the Navy units in operations,” Sayyari told FNA in Tehran at the time.

“The torpedo is just fired from submarines and the Navy’s Tareq class and Qadir class submarines are equipped with the torpedo,” he added.

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