Advanced missile-launching warship to join Iranian Navy’s northern fleet soon

FNA- A senior Iranian Navy commander announced the country’s plans to launch an advanced missile-launching warship, Sina 4, in its territorial waters in the Caspian Sea in the near future.

“The Sina 4 missile-launching warship will join the country’s Northern naval fleet during the Ten-Day Fajr (Dawn) ceremonies (to start on January 31),” Commander of Iran’s 4th Naval Zone Rear Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad told FNA on Sunday.

Elaborating on the features of Sina 4, he said that the vessel is more advanced than the other three Sina-class missile-launching warships already deployed in the Caspian Sea.

He made the remarks only days after Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced the country’s plans to unveil and launch home-made semi-heavy Fateh (Conqueror) submarine and Sahand destroyer in the near future.

“The (Fateh) submarine is being tested at present,” Sayyari told reporters in Tehran last Tuesday.

He also said that overhauling operations have successfully been carried out on Tareq submarine, and added, “We are now able to overhaul advanced kilo-class submarines and we are now overhauling a second heavy submarine.”

Elsewhere, Admiral Sayyari said that the Iranian Navy will stage massive Velayat 95 wargames in February.

In relevant remarks in mid-June, Admiral Sayyari said that Iran will unveil new destroyers and submarines in the future.

Also in June, he underlined the Iranian experts’ capabilities to design and build different vessels, including destroyers, and said, “We can design destroyers from point zero and the designing of Damavand destroyer was fully indigenized and our Jamaran destroyer has the capability to carry helicopters and torpedoes.”

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

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.

‘Damavand’ destroyer joined the country’s fleet of warships in the Caspian Sea in March 2015.