Iranian Navy’s Technical Affairs Chief Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini announced on Monday that the country’s naval vessels have been armed with various types of missile systems.
“10 Navy vessels have or are being armed with missile systems,” Zamini told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held to mark the delivery of several overhauled and optimized anti-subsurface SH3D helicopters, an SRN6 hovercraft, an anti-surface AB212 helicopter and a sea patrol F27 aircraft in Bandar Abbas port city, Southern Iran on Monday.
“These missiles include Nasr, Nour and Qader cruise missiles,” he added.
Also during the ceremony which was held in the presence of Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Major General Salehi announced that “today all our units, including subsurface, vessel and air units are equipped with the best missiles, rockets and artilleries”.
The Iranian Navy on Monday also received 6 overhauled and optimized missile-launching vessels.
The vessels which were delivered to the Navy in the first Naval zone in Bandar Abbas port city, Southern Iran, included 2 Sirik-class and Kalat-class warships as well as 4 Fajr, Shams, Fath and Nour vessels.
All these vessels which were used in logistical and sea patrolling missions before have been equipped with surface-to-surface cruise missiles now.
Also, 2 anti-subsurface SH3D helicopters which were delivered to the Navy today in the same ceremony along with an overhauled and upgraded SRN6 hovercraft, anti-surface AB212 helicopter and sea patrolling F27 aircraft have been equipped with Iran’s latest home-grown torpedoes.
The torpedoes were in recent days test-fired in Jask region, Southern Iran, and can be fired from submarines, surface vessels and helicopters.
Iran’s Navy on Wednesday unveiled three new home-made combat, simulator and radar systems in a ceremony participated by Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Abdolrahim Moussavi and Admiral Sayyari.
The sea-based ‘Samen’ surface fire control system is capable of tracking surface and air targets and can trace 40 surface and 1 air targets concurrently.
Also, a simulator system for divers’ exit from Midget submarines, which can also be used for exercising the Navy personnel’s emergency exit, was unveiled in the ceremony.
The last military equipment which was unveiled by the Iranian Navy was the S and X navigation radar project which is capable of being used in a network and can use data fusion.
It also can send information and data of the target, including direction, speed and distance, and connect to different navigation aid systems at the same time.
Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.
Yet, 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.
Iran in June 2013 launched its overhauled and modernized destroyer named Bayandor in the Southern waters of the country in the presence of Major General Salehi and Admiral Sayyari.
Army officials said the Iranian Navy’s power of safeguarding the country’s territorial waters as well as maintaining security in regional and international waters will increase after the launch of Bayandor.
Overhauling the main engines, heat exchangers and fuel and oil systems as well as optimizing the monitoring control systems are among the measures adopted before launching the destroyer.
Navy experts have also mounted a fire control system for the destroyer’s weapons, a 76-mm and a 40-mm canons and a surface-to-surface Nour (Light) missile system on the destroyer.
In May 2013, Sayyari had declared that Iran could use the destroyer to carry out missions in international waters in the future.
He said the destroyer is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment such as missile, torpedo, artillery, sonar and other information and communication systems.