Iran has launched its most advanced military vessel which has radar-evading stealth properties and can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply.
The Sahand destroyer, inducted into the navy in the Persian Gulf Saturday, “is the result of daring and creative design relying on the local technical knowledge” of the Iranian experts, said Rear-Admiral Alireza Sheikhi.
The vessel has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities.
The Sahand is the third of Mowj-class frigates built by Iran after the Jamaran and the Damavand, but its enhanced operational capabilities and size make it twice stronger in terms of offensive and defensive features.
According to deputy navy commander Rear-Admiral Touraj Hassani Moqaddam, the new destroyer is fitted with the domestically-built Kamand close-in weapon system which can fire as many as 4,000 shells per second.
The Sahand, he said, will set off for South America with two other warships and special helicopters in the near future as part of Iran’s dispatch of ships to international waters.
The Iranian Navy also launched two indigenous submarines earlier this week.
On Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met with the Navy’s top commanders, stressing that the Iranian Armed Forces had to develop their capabilities to deter any potential aggressor.
Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the Navy’s success to develop Sahand destroyer as well as Fateh and Qadir submarines as instances of the country’s abilities to create modern defense means.
He further said the Islamic Republic was not after a war with any other country, but emphasized that the country needed to promote its defense capabilities nonetheless.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Iran’s Army Commander Major General Mousavi said the synergy between the Army and Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) had entered “a new phase” and had been elevated to such a level that had even attracted the support of the country’s other forces.
Mousavi said the Iranian naval defense industries depended on foreign support before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, stressing that the advancements made in the same industries after the Revolution were a source of national honor.
The same advancements, he added, had enabled Iran to protect the security of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Sea of Oman.