Iran Says Navy Equipped With New Air Defense Missiles


The Iranian Navy has been furnished with new missiles fired by the air defense systems installed on warships, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said.

In an interview with Tasnim, Rear Admiral Irani said the Navy employs its exclusive systems to launch naval surface-to-air missiles and has plans to upgrade the systems.

The new air defense missiles have been provided to the Navy, the commander noted, saying efforts are under way to diversify the air defense systems installed on the combat vessels, because the air defense tactics involve various ranges of engagement.

Unveiling plans to manufacture new homegrown vessels and increase the number of submarines and logistical warships, the admiral said a distinguishing feature of the new Mowj-class vessel is its versatility that enables it to act against the enemy on and below the water and even in the air.

The commander said a series of contracts will soon be signed on the construction of new heavy destroyers.

The Navy is developing a training warship called ‘Loqman’, he noted, saying another homegrown military vessel, named ‘Talaeiyeh’, will join the naval fleet within the next year.

He also said the ‘Damavand-II’ warship is going to join the Navy’s fleet in the near future.

The commander further pointed to plans to strengthen the aerial capabilities of the naval forces with advanced drones with great flight endurance above the sea.

“The drones should be also effective in the amphibious operations. We are trying to utilize sea-based drones with appropriate operational capability in order to extend our operational range and intelligence dominance,” Rear Admiral Irani stated.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly stressed the need for strengthening the country’s military power and called on the Armed Forces to maintain a high level of preparedness.

Tasnim News Agency

Tasnim News Agency, which claims to be a private news agency in Iran but is reported be close to the IRGC, was launched in 2012. Its purpose is to cover a variety of political, social, economic and international subjects along with other fields.

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