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Iran to build fast battleships cruising at 80 knots p/h: General

Iran Press TV

Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:57PM

A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic plans to start building high-speed battleships that can cruise at 80 knots (approximately 150 kilometers) per hour.

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, said on Thursday that Iran will start the project in the next Iranian calendar year (to begin March 21).

The commander said that Iran is fully ready to protect its maritime borders.

Fadavi made the remarks at a ceremony where tens of domestically-manufactured Ashoura-class and Zolfaqar-class speedboats as well as relief and aid vessels were delivered to the IRGC Navy.

Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan who attended the ceremony also highlighted the IRGC Navy's readiness to safeguard the country's borders.

Dehqan said Iran is boosting its naval capabilities to contribute to the establishment of regional peace, stability and security.

"Iran's military doctrine is based on effective deterrence, under which the Islamic Republic of Iran's military might does not threaten any country and it guarantees peace, stability and security," the minister said, adding, "Only aggressors should be afraid of it."

He also called for further upgrade of the country's naval military equipment in the face of threats.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and manufactured different types of military equipment.

Iran has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other states, insisting that its defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

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