IRGC navy commander: Iran to mass-produce speedboats cruising at 80 knots

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi declared that the IRGC plans to mass-produce its modern speedboats which are capable of cruising at 80 knots (148 kilometers) per hour.

“We have been able to increase the speed of our military vessels which are equipped with missiles and torpedoes up to 80 knots and this speed was tested late winter and now we are after mass-producing them,” Fadavi said in an interview with the state-run TV on Monday night.

“This is while the speed more than 35 knots is a dream for the world naval forces and the US vessels can cruise at a maximum speed of 31 knots,” he added.

In relevant remarks in March, Admiral Fadavi had said that the IRGC has the only Navy in the world that could design and manufacture this type of boats cruising at 80 knots per hour.

Fadavi had said earlier this year that anti-ship cruise missiles and cannons were previously not available on speedboats, but the IRGC experts managed to mount them on the vessels.

He added that the military vessels, capable of cruising at the speed of up to 120 knots (222 kilometers) an hour, could now be designed and tested at the IRGC naval research laboratory. In the past, he said, Iran had to carry out such tests abroad.

The IRGC commander said the Navy plans to mass produce, within the next few months, speedboats that travel at a speed of 80 knots (148 kilometers) per hour, and are armed with missiles capable of striking targets at 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Last year, the IRGC equipped its speedboats with domestically designed and manufactured Ghader (Capable) anti-ship cruise missiles. Iran unveiled the home-made Ghader missile back in September 2011.

By Fars News Agency