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Kashdom II fast patrol boat

The small and fast craft operated by the IRGCN are suited to the IRGC's mandate to protect the revolution. From a naval standpoint this translates into a focus on coastal waters. For these reasons the IRGCN has grown to be a non-traditional force, focused on preparing to survive any threat, while incorporating asymmetric and novel defenses. As a coastal, more flexible force, the IRGCN began primarily with small patrol craft, similar to fishing or pleasure vessels.

The IRGCN continues to set itself apart from the IRIN as its naval vessels primarily consist of smaller, faster platforms that can perform surreptitious operations while at the same time carrying significant fIrepower such as C802 anti-ship cruise missiles. The smaller size and speed ofthe IRGCN's fleet make it ideal for operations off the Iranian coast and in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Kashdom II fast patrol boats were armed with two machine guns and potentially a MRL system. The Kashdom-II inshore patrol craft had a displacement of 17.5 tons, a speed of 50 kts, with armament that consisted of 1 x 23mm cannon and 1 x 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. In the September 22, 2013 Sacred Defense Parades, the IRGC-N displayed the Kashdom IV inshore patrol boat fitted with AShM launchers.

Kashdom IV inshore patrol boat fitted with AShM Kashdom IV inshore patrol boat fitted with AShM Kashdom IV inshore patrol boat fitted with AShM Kashdom IV inshore patrol boat fitted with AShM Kashdom IV inshore patrol boat fitted with AShM




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