Iran plans to unveil new home-made missile-launching frigates and a radar system in the near future, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Saturday.
“Unveiling 5 overhauled Fajr-class missile-launching frigates, two Sirik-class missile-launching frigates, a new and overhauled hovercraft, an X-band radar system, the three-dimensional ‘Asr’ radar system and its mounting on Jamaran destroyer are among the Navy’s plans for the next few days,” Sayyari told reporters in Tehran today.
Noting that two anti-submarine SH helicopters and an anti-surface AB212 helicopter have been overhauled and delivered to the Navy, he said that Fateh submarine and Damavand destroyer are so ready to go on display.
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.
Sayyari said in September 2013 that the Iranian Navy was fully capable of manufacturing all its needed military tools and equipment.
The commander said that self-sufficiency in producing naval equipment had given the Iranian Navy strong surface and underwater capabilities both.
Iran’s naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy 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.
Since November 2008, the Iranian Navy has conducted anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mendeb Strait to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.
In June 2013, Iran launched its overhauled and modernized destroyer named Bayandor in the Southern waters of the country in the presence of Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi and Rear 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.