Navy commander: New surface, subsurface vessels to join Iranian fleet soon

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that several advanced surface and subsurface vessels will join the country’s fleet soon in future.

Speaking to FNA on Tuesday, Sayyari also said that “we hope to launch these new vessels in the near future”.

Sayyari also referred to the launch of Iran’s newly-made destroyer, ‘Damavand’, in the Caspian Sea on Monday, and said the destroyer enjoys more agility and higher technology compared with the previous models of Mowdge-class destroyers.

Sayyari underscored that Damavand joined the Iranian navy fleet in the Northern waters in line with the country’s policy of good neighborly relations, adding that the military vessel will help establish security in the Sea alongside other existing arrangements and systems.

Damavand, the second-generation and highly-equipped Iranian destroyer joined the country’s Northern fleet yesterday in a ceremony participated by Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and Head of the Self-Sufficiency Jihad Department of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Ali Qolamzadeh.

In an interview with FNA on Monday, Qolamzadeh elaborated on the features and specifications of Damavand, and said, “The 7-story destroyer is 90 meters in length and armed with advanced anti-surface and anti-subsurface weapons and air defense systems to defend itself.”

Noting that the home-made ‘Asr’ phased array radar system, capable of detecting and identifying targets with a radar cross section of 4 meters in a 200km distance, had been mounted on the destroyer, he said, “Base-controlled radars, a highly advanced propulsion and command-and-control systems which enjoy high power and capability are only a few of the systems mounted on Damavand destroyer.”

Qolamzadeh said in addition to combat operations, Damavand could also be used for training and naval missions, adding that it had been equipped with systems to be used for electronic warfare.

“The operational radius of Damavand is so vast that it can sufficiently be used for all naval missions in the Caspian Sea,” he underlined.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

In September, the Iranian Navy announced plans to launch Damavand in the Caspian Sea.

“Damavand will soon join Iran’s naval fleet in the Caspian Sea,” the Navy’s top commander in Northern Iran Admiral Khordad Hakimi told reporters.

“We have no security problem in the Caspian Sea today,” he added, but reiterated that “the Navy is fully prepared to confront any threat”.

In February, Sayyari said Iran’s warships had been equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, adding that Damavand would join the country’s Caspian fleet in March.

“Iranian warships have been equipped with the most advanced technologies,” Sayyari told FNA.

Referring to the launch of Iran’s home-made Jamaran destroyer in the Southern waters 5 years ago, he said the new generation of the destroyer, Damavand, “will join the naval fleet in the Caspian Sea on March 6 in a ceremony in the presence of high-ranking Iranian officials”.

Sayyari had informed in November that Damavand enjoyed more capabilities than the first home-made destroyer, ‘Jamaran’.

“The destroyer will be stronger than Jamaran in terms of defensive systems, range and operational range, radar systems, weapons, electronic warfare and communication systems,” Sayyari told reporters in Tehran at the time.

He, meantime, announced that the same state-of-the-art systems would be mounted on Jamaran too.

Iran’s first home-made destroyer, Jamaran, was launched in late February 2010. The Mowdge Class vessel has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and is armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.

By Fars News Agency