The domestically overhauled Tareq submarine had its first operational test and submarines of the Tareq class successfully carried out a tactical operation during the Velayat-91 naval exercise, the spokesperson for the war games told reporters on Saturday.
On the second day of the maneuvers, the submarines entered the open seas and successfully conducted an operation to detect and track mock enemy vessels, Rear Admiral Amir Rastgari said.
During a ceremony in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on September 18, the Iranian Navy officially launched the domestically overhauled Tareq Kilo class submarine.
In a project which took about 1,620,000 man-hours, Navy personnel overhauled the Taregh submarine, replacing 18,000 components including radar-evading cover, engine parts, propellers, and radar systems.
In another operation on Saturday, naval helicopters and speedboats successfully laid mines on the path of invading forces in order to destroy mock enemy vessels and submarines which intended to enter the country’s territorial waters, Rastgari said.
Iranian defense units also targeted mock enemy forces from land, air, and sea and prevented them from moving toward the country’s territorial waters and shores, he said.
In addition, heliborne troops did parachute jumps and naval helicopters backed the warships and submarines which were clashing with mock enemy vessels, he stated.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rastgari said that long-range domestically manufactured drones are being used in the war games to carry out intelligence operations.
Iran started on Friday the Velayat-91 naval exercise in an area covering about one million square kilometers from the east side of the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf of Oman to the northern Indian Ocean.
The six-day maneuvers is being conducted in international waters and the country’s territorial waters with the participation of various units of the Iranian Navy, including submarines, warships, destroyers, missile systems, and special forces.
The commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, said on Tuesday that the drills would be held to test the country’s new defense and missile systems, combat vessels, submarines, drones, and torpedoes, and provide naval forces with the opportunity to perform combat and reconnaissance missions, repel mock attacks, and practice countering electronic warfare measures.