Navy commander: Iran ready to supply naval mine-laying, minesweeping system to neighbors

TEHRAN (FNA)- Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced Iran’s preparedness to share the technology and training services of its home-made naval mine laying and sweeping system to the neighboring states.

The mine laying and sweeping system was unveiled on the fourth day of the massive military drills underway in the Southern and Southeastern parts of Iran on Sunday.

“The system enjoys advanced equipment and state-of-the-art technology and we need to present special expert trainings to our forces on how to use this system,” Sayyari said in an interview with the state-run TV today.

According to Admiral Sayyari, the Islamic Republic’s Army masters the technology for building and preserving the system and can transfer the technology and training services to the neighboring states.

Different units of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense started six days of massive joint military drills along the country’s Southern and Southeastern coasts on Thursday.

The military exercises codenamed Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) cover an area of 2.2 million square kilometers from the East of the Strait of Hormuz to the Southern parts of the Gulf of Aden.

On the fourth day of the drills earlier today, the Iranian Navy rolled mines in the Sea of Oman and the area where the exercises are staged to prevent hypothetical enemies’ infiltration into the territorial waters.

Various flying units, surface vessels, high-speed boats, heavy Tareq-class submarines and indigenized and optimized vessels were used in the drills today.

After rolling the mines, the Iranian Naval forces defused them using minesweeping RH helicopters to provide security for the cargo ships and oil tankers and keeping the shipping lines open.

The Navy’s new integrated mine laying and sweeper system was then unveiled in a ceremony participated by Admiral Sayyari.

Iran is among the few world countries with advanced minesweeping capabilities.

Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavash Jarreh said in May 2013 that the Navy was in possession of an adequate number of indigenous minesweepers and had no problem with mass-producing these systems.

As regards the systems’ ability to defuse different types of mines, including acoustic, limpet (also magnetic) and pressure-activated mines, Jarreh stated, “We are using specific minesweepers for defusing each type of mines, but these systems can clear one or two types of naval mines simultaneously.”

Different units of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense started six days of massive joint military drills along the country’s Southern and Southeastern coasts on Thursday.

The military exercises codenamed Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) cover an area of 2.2 million square kilometers from the East of the Strait of Hormuz to the Southern parts of the Gulf of Aden.

By Fars News Agency

 

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