A senior commander of the Iranian Army Navy announced on Wednesday that all Iranian Navy vessels, including its submarines, have been renovated with super modern systems and hi-tech equipment.
“Our old units have been renovated and updated and meantime our newly-built units are also equipped with the world’s most up-to-date technologies which are suitable for our region,” Lieutenant Commander of the Navy for Technical Affairs Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini told FNA.
He said that the new hi-tech tools and equipment include radar systems, sonar systems, electronic systems, electronic warfare systems, missiles, torpedoes, engines and diesel generators.
“Each of these enjoys the best and most equipped systems existing in the world,” Zamini underscored.
“All the equipments that we mount on our surface and subsurface vessels as well as choppers, fixed wing aircraft and hovercrafts as well as all diving equipment and missile systems enjoy the most up-to-date technologies,” the commander stressed, and added the Navy is never pleased with the status quo and always tries to move ahead shoulder to shoulder with advancements in naval technology, science and knowledge.”
Iran’s naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy also said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, Iran’s Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world’s oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.
The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran’s response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has described the Iranian Army’s Navy as “a strategic force”.
“Given the current issues of the world and today’s geopolitical conditions of the world, we should strengthen ourselves in sea and in coast as far as we can,” Ayatollah Khamenei stressed on November 28, 2010, addressing senior Navy commanders here in Tehran in a ceremony to commemorate the National Navy Day.
The leader also stressed that increasing manpower, recruiting talented personnel and taking innovations and initiatives into action are highly necessary for the future of the country’s naval forces.
Ayatollah Khamenei further praised the close cooperation between naval forces of the Islamic Republic Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
The Iranian Army Navy and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy have tight cooperation in controlling the country’s waterways and protecting Iran’s interests inside territorial waters and in the high seas.