Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country has unveiled its first indigenously developed minesweeping system.
Iran is now among a small number of countries possessing the technology to defuse and clear naval mines, said the Iranian commander Wednesday on the sidelines of the ongoing minesweeping drill in the country’s southern waters where the new system was launched.
With the development of the new minesweeping system, he said, anti-mine helicopter units can go into action to defuse sea mines.
Pointing to the presence of trans-regional forces in the Persian Gulf, the senior commander underlined that the Iranian naval forces fully monitor all the movements of the foreign forces in order to counter any threats against the country.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has proven that the regional countries can establish security in the region on their own and there is no need for [the presence of] trans-regional countries,” he added.
The Iranian Navy began the minesweeping maneuvers in the east of the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday.
The Iranian Navy’s Deputy Commander for Operations, Rear Admiral Siavash Jareh, said Monday that the “drill is being held with the aim of countering the enemy’s Iranophobia campaign” and displaying the power of the Armed Forces of the country.
Over the past few years, Iran has held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.