Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), which is responsible for providing security in the Persian Gulf waters and strategic Strait of Hormuz on the order of the Supreme Commander in Chief Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has attempted to boost its capabilities in submarine warfare.
Earlier this year, Iran’s Commander of the IRGC, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that IRGC is planning to achieve the ability to manufacture subsurface vessels and increase its capabilities in the field of asymmetric submarine warfare.
Now, after a few months, IRGC deputy navy commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri declares that IRGC’s submarines will be operated in the Persian Gulf in the near future.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, which according to the command of the Supreme Commander in Chief is responsible for providing security in the Persian Gulf waters and strategic Strait of Hormuz, has chosen its defense systems and equipment in accordance with the same mission. Most important equipment includes fast vessels armed with various types of missile systems and reconnaissance UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle ) for 24-hour observation of the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.
Shahed 129 can hit and destroy targets from a far distance with its Sadid (Iron-Strong) missiles, Chief Commander of the IRGC Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted as saying.
Moreover, in the area of missile defense, different types of IRGC’s coast-to-sea missiles along with Iran’s Army navy missiles, including ‘Persian Gulf’, ‘Noor’, ‘Qader’, ‘Kowsar’, ‘Saeqeh’… have created a strong deterrent for the country.
The Iranian single-seat bomber has the ability to track down enemy aircraft, engage in combat, target locations on the ground, and carry a load of assorted weapons and ammunition, General Ahmad Vahidi added.
Deputy Commander of Iran’s Navy Rear Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi said that the surface-to-surface missile of Noor (Light) was also launched by the Iranian navy on the last day of military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in January. The ultra-advanced Noor missile has also been upgraded in comparison with its previous generations.
In addition, IRGC’s flying boats, naval rangers and marines play a very important role in the significant marine operations.
But, what completes the IRGC’s offensive and defensive chain in the naval warfare is its effort to use light submarines to counter asymmetric threats in the Persian Gulf.
Qadir class light submarines are two other light home-made submarines which are appropriate for different naval missions, including reconnaissance and combat in territorial waters, especially in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz which are not wide enough for the maneuvering of large warships and submarines.