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Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy Equipment

Modernization

The IRGCN presents a real analytical challenge for bean-counters. Many sources adopt a "rule of reason" on what gets counted, excluding most units below 100 tons for combat vessels, and below 1,000 tons for support vessels. The alternative is a compilation largely consisting of speedboats and scows. But the IRGCN is a navy of speedboats. It is the modern epitome of the Jeune Ecole's (young school's) advocacy of torpedo boats as the French Navy's adaptive response to the capital ships of other European powers of the late 19th Century. But speedboats are hard to track, and authoritative sources are in pretty serious dis-array as to designations, numbers and characteristics. The best response seems to be to "teach the controversy".

The ONI naming system includes a one word name, followed by numerals that indicate the length of the vessel in meters. The provenance and meadning of ONI name is unclear, but is not derived from the local Iranian name. Irans's Marine Industry Group [MIG] also has an alpha-numeric designation system.

Sources

90 95 00 05 10 15 19 20 25 30
Personnel (In Thousands) [IISS2019] + 20 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
IRGC Navy + 20 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
IRGC Naval Infantry + + 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Reserve - - - - - - - - - -
Ships Source Tons Year Inventory
90 95 00 05 10 15 19 20 25 30
Aircraft Carriers - - - - - - - - - -
Aircraft Carrier IR - - - - - - - - - -
Fast-attack craft - - 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Thondar Houdong PRC 249 1996 - - 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Patrol, Fast, Inshore - - - 33 40 70 71 75 80 80
China Cat C-14 PRC 19 2002 - - - 5 9 9 9 9 9 9
IPS-18 Tir DPRK/IR 28 2002 - - - 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
IPS-16 Peykaap III Zolfiqhar DPRK/IR 14 200 - - - 5 6 10 15 15
IPS-16 Peykaap II DPRK/IR 14 200 - - - 25 25 25 25 25
IPS-16 Peykaap DPRK/IR 14 2002 - - - 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Semi-Submersible - - - - 3
Kajami Taedong-B/-C DPRK/IR 30 2002 - - - 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Gahjae Taedong-B/-C DPRK/IR 7 2002 - - - 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Patrol Craft, Inshore 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200
Boghammar / Torgah RL-118/-130-4A SE 6.4 1987 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35
MIG-G-0800 Ashoora [ONI2017] IR ? ???? - - - - - 20 + + + +
MIG-G-0900 Murce [USNI2013] IR 5 ???? - - - - - 30 + + + +
MIG-G-1800 TRB [USNI2013] IR 60 ???? - - - - - 20 + + + +
Cougar [ONI2017] IR ? ???? - - - - - + + + + +
FB Rib-33 [ONI2017] IR ? ???? - - - - - + + + + +
Gashti [ONI2017] IR ? ???? - - - - - + + + + +
Kashdom II/IV [ONI2017] IR 18 ???? 15 15 15 15
Kuch [ONI2017] IR ? ???? - - - - - + + + + +
Siraj (Bladerunner) [ONI2017] IR 16 2009 - - - - - + + + + +
Tarlan IR 8 2005 - - - 5 15 15 15 15 15
Ground Effect - - - - 12 12 12 12 12 12
Bavar WIG IR 10 2012 - - - - 12 12 12 12 12 12
Ships Taken Up From Trade (STUFT)
Dhows, ~30 meter, large IR 50+ ???? ++ ++ ++ ++ 775 850 ++ ++ ++ ++
Dhows, ~10 meter, medium IR 3-50 ???? +++ +++ +++ +++ 1400 1300 +++ +++ +++ +++
Dhows, ~3 meter, small IR -3 ???? ++++ ++++ ++++ ++++ 3750 3750 ++++ ++++ ++++ ++++
Amphibious Ships
LSM MIG-S-3000 / Hejaz [USNI2013] NL 1,280 1984 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 - -
LST Iran Hormuz-24 Farsi JP?ROK? 2,014 1978 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 -
LCT Iran Hormuz 21 [ONI2017] IR ? ???? - - - - - + 2 + + +
Support Ships
Shahid Nazeri Harth 55 IR 2016 - - - - - + 1 + + +
Transport Ships
Safir Kish [ONI2017] - - - - - + 3 + + +
AP Naser - - - - - + 3 + + +



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