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Iran to unveil new home-made warship soon

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 23, IRNA -- Iranian Navy Lieutenant Commander Rear Admiral Gholamreza Khadem Bigham announced that the country will unveil a new home-made warship in the near future.

Rear Admiral Khadem Bigham made the remarks on Thursday on the sidelines of the anniversary of the liberation of the southern Iranian city of Khorramshahr which had been captured by the Iraqi Baathist regime of former dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

'Due to advanced technological advancements and making use of up-to-date equipment applied in other warships and destroyers, it was felt that certain changes should be made in this destroyer and we managed to update and upgrade the equipment of this destroyer which will be unveiled in the near future,' he added.

Earlier this year, Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari had said that the navy will soon unveil a state-of-the-art warship.

'An indigenous warship, dubbed Shaheed Bayandor, will join the Islamic Republic's naval fleet very soon,' Admiral Sayyari said, addressing a press conference at the time.

The Iranian navy commander described Shaheed Bayandor warship as one that has been designed based on 'state-of-the-art technological systems'.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iranian defense ministry officials had said earlier that the third generation of the home-made vessel, Jamaran-3 destroyer, will come into operation by the end of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2013 - March 20, 2014).

The Iranian Navy launched its first destroyer, Jamaran, in the waters of the Persian Gulf in February 2010. The 1,420-ton vessel comes with modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities.

Iran's first home-made destroyer, Jamaran, was launched in late February 2010. The Mowdge Class vessel has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and is armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.


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