Iran is showcasing part of its military achievements and defense capabilities at IDEAS 2018 International Defense Industry Exhibition which is taking place from 27-30 November in Karachi, Pakistan.
Iranian Army Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, heading a senior military delegation from Tehran, participated in the opening ceremony of IDEAS 2018, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
It is the tenth edition of the event and 418 Pakistani companies and firms, along with participants from 43 countries, are showcasing their latest accomplishments in the field.
On the sidelines of the opening day, Rear Admiral Sayyari held meetings with a number of Pakistani commanders and military officials.
Iran has made major achievements in manufacturing different weapons and military equipment, Fars added.
In relevant remarks on November 19, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi underlined that the country’s experts had decreased the time needed for manufacturing destroyers to less than two years, adding that a new destroyer and a submarine would be delivered to his forces soon.
“Today, we enjoy the capacity to build destroyers in a timespan of less than two years and we are making efforts to reduce it to less than one year,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said in an interview with the Arabic-language al-Alam news channel.
He added that a new home-made destroyer named Sahand that carries helicopters, and a new domestically-manufactured submarine named Fateh would join the Iranian navy in the near future.
“Fateh will be a surprise for the trans-regional threats and they (the enemies) should wait for its delivery to the Islamic Republic's Navy,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.
Late in July, Rear Admiral Khanzadi announced that the construction jobs and naval tests on the home-made destroyer, Sahand, were also being accomplished, adding that it would be put into operation by the end of this fall along with Dena.
“Fateh submarine which is the first mid-class submarine built by the Islamic Republic of Iran will also be unveiled soon,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.
He also referred to efforts to overhaul Damavand, a destroyer which sunk in the Caspian Sea in January after it suffered damages during the stormy weather of Anzali Port in Northern Iran, and said overhaul of the giant vessel would end by the yearend “and it will have the same, and even more, capabilities in less than two years”.