Foreigners Keep Eagle Eye on Iran-Made Destroyer - Commander
14:57 18.03.2015(updated 15:09 18.03.2015)
Foreign states are working hard to gather information about Iran's recently launched state-of-the-art destroyer, a senior Iranian Navy commander said.
'I have seen how the trans-regional naval units in free waters, for instance the Red Sea, and other regions approach Jamaran and take images and footages and are curious to know how our indigenized achievement works,' Captain Razzaqi, Commander of Bandar Abbas warship that accompanies Jamaran in its three-month-long mission, told FNA news agency on Tuesday.
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.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
Damavand, the second-generation and highly-equipped Iranian destroyer, joined the country's Northern fleet earlier this month.
Head of the Self-Sufficiency Jihad Department of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Ali Qolamzadeh said the 90m vessel was armed with advanced anti-surface and anti-subsurface weapons and air defense systems.
In September, the Iranian Navy announced plans to launch Damavand in the Caspian Sea.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|