Commander of the Iranian Navy’s manufacturing plants in Bandar Abbas Admiral Alireza Sheikhi announced plans to boost the range of naval missiles and build more giant warships.
“Our next project will be a 200-meter-long vessel and the size of our warships will increase from 97 meters to 200 meters,” Admiral Sheikhi told Fars News Agency (FNA).
He also underlined that the Iranian Naval forces use precision-striking missile defense systems, including Kamand defense shield, on their vessels, and said that the home-made Qadir and Qader missiles with a range of 300km are in operation now.
“We have plans to increase their range too,” Admiral Sheikhi said.
Elsewhere, he referred to the Iranian Navy’s presence in the international waters, saying that the country has in recent years deployed at least two vessels in the Gulf of Aden.
Admiral Sheikhi also said that Iranian warships and destroyers stationed in free waters are self-reliant and receive no aid or assistance from other countries’ navies.
Meanwhile, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the IRGC has increased the range of its naval missiles to 700km, and declared that all Iranian missiles, even those in stockpile, now enjoy a precision-striking power.
“The world is witnessing that the Islamic Republic of Iran ranks first in the region and 7th or 8th in the world and is ahead of the (North) Koreans in the missile field,” General Hajizadeh said, addressing a number of Iranian Armed Forces officials and Commanders in Tehran on Tuesday.
He also said that Iran is among the top 15 world states in building drones even above Russia and China. “We also enjoy good capabilities in the air defense field and are in possession of equipment more advanced than those of Russia, France, China and Britain.”
General Hajizadeh said that all Iran-made missiles with a flying range from 200km to 2,000km enjoy precision-striking capability, adding that the missiles produced and stockpiled before are also modified to enjoy the same power.
He added that Iranian experts have also produced ballistic ground-to-sea missiles with a complicated technology, noting that they can hit enemy vessels 700km away.
His remarks came after Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami underlined the country’s self-sufficiency in different military and defense fields, dismissing any concerns about the US sanctions and pressures.