TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy has developed its missile and anti-missile power as well as its advanced electronic and military systems to be better prepared for any potential electronic war, a senior commander said.
“Enhancement of missile and anti-missile power and development of electronic war systems are among the achievements of the Navy,” Deputy Commander of Bushehr Naval Base for Logistical Affairs Abdolreza Mozaffari said.
“Designing the needed naval hardware and equipment, building Peikan, Joshan and Derafsh missile-launching frigates as well as Sina missile-launching warship which is now under construction, and designing and building subsurface missiles in different tonnages for various subsurface vessels like Ghadir-class submarines are among the other achievements of the Navy,” he added.
Mozaffari also said building Jamaran destroyer and designing the next generation of such destroyers under the names of Damavand and Sahand are among the other successful projects executed by the Iranian Navy experts.
His remarks came after two missile-launching warships, namely Neyzeh and Tabarzin, as well as Sirjan logistic warship came back into operation and joined Iran’s naval fleet in the Southern waters of the country on Sunday after being overhauled by Iranian navy experts.
The three warships were launched after going through year-long overhauling process and improvement of their defensive capabilities.
In a relevant development on Saturday, another newly-overhauled warship, Lavan, and SH3D combat helicopter came back into operation as well.
Navy commanders said the overhaul of Lavan chopper carrier, including renovation and operationalizing its hydraulic systems which needs a very complicated technical procedure, has taken 33 months.
Meantime, the SH3D combat helicopter also came back into operation for the Navy after nearly 20 months of overhaul repairs and seven months of tests.
Lavan warship is capable of carrying RH and SH helicopters as well as armored personnel carriers.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
In September, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari had announced that the country’s Navy has equipped its newly-overhauled warship, Lavan, with advanced weapons and radar systems to improve its performance and fire power.
“Some repairs and changes have been made to the body as well as the sailing, sonar and radar systems, weapons and information-gathering sensors of the warship,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a forum in the Northern city of Noshahr at the time.
“The warship needed an overhaul and equipment with the state of the art and novel technologies and therefore the warship’s weapons have been modernized,” he added.
“The overhaul operations have been thoroughly made by the young and committed experts of the naval industry,” he added.
The Iranian Navy has accelerated and widened its progress after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described it 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.
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