Bakhtaran / Vakhtaran (Hendijan, MIG-S-4700)
AG - General Purpose Auxiliary
By 2014 the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) had been seen to be upgrading the weapon systems on many of its naval assets, including the fitting of powerful new anti ship missiles to a number of patrol boats. At least six vessels, including the Hendijan class tenders Sirik and Kalat, the Kayvan class patrol boats Tiran and Mahan and the Parvin class boats Parvin and Bahram, had been fitted with launchers for either, Nasr, Noor and Qader anti ship missiles.
Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini, the IRIN's head of technical affairs, suggested in December 2014 this was part of a wider programme. Fars News Agency quoted him as saying that 10 vessels had been or were being armed with Nasr, Noor or Qader anti-ship missiles. The Nasr is the Iranian version of the short-range, solid-fuel Chinese C-704 missile; the Noor is the Iranian version of the turbojet-powered C-802; the Qader is an extended-range version of the Noor.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) appeared to be replicating the capabilities of the naval wing of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) by arming more of its small vessels with anti-ship missiles. This could indicate that the IRIN is receiving more resources so it can turn existing vessels into more capable attack platforms, it also seemed to be suffering delays in its frigate and fast attack craft (FAC) construction programs.
The up-armed IRIN patrol boats were displayed to the Iranian media during a ceremony held at Bandar Abbas on 1 December. The photographs of the event showed six vessels with canisters for launching anti-ship missiles: the Hendijan-class tenders Sirik (1402) and Kalat (1407), the Kayvan-class patrol boats Tiran (202) and Mahan (204), and the Parvin-class patrol boats Parvin (211) and Bahram (212).
|#||Moqam / Maqam ??||200?|
|Most sources report 12 units of this class, or at least 11. Only three pennant numbers are reported, and they are not in chronological sequence. A dozen units seem well attested, but at least two more names are reported, so something is amiss somewhere.|
|MIG-S-4700-SC Bakhtaran [Hendijan Class]|
|Type||AG - General Purpose Auxiliary|
|Commissioned||1985 - 2015, SSM Upgrade|
|Max Speed||25 kt|
|Displacement Full||650 t|
|Propulsion||2x MWM TBD 604-V12 Diesels|
|Sensors / EW||Decca - (Generic) Radar, Surface Search & Navigation Max Range: 37 km|
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