Friday, March 29, 2013

Lawmaker Lauds Iranian Experts' Achievements in Defense Sector

A senior Iranian legislator praised Iranian experts for their huge and unbelievable scientific advancements in defensive fields, specially in producing naval equipment. "The Iranian Armed Forces have made tactical and technological advances in recent years, and Iran's Navy is now a transregional maritime power," member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mohammad Saleh Jokar said on Sunday.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipments, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, especially at a time of heightened threats by the US. On November 28, Iranian Navy launched the main structure Sina-7 missile launching frigate. Navy also started using two new home-made Qadir-class light submarines and two hovercrafts.

In September, the main structure of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sahand (IRI Sahand) missile destroyer was officially launched by the Iranian Navy in Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

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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