Iran Fires Latest Home-Made Torpedo from Helicopters

FNA02.01.2015 MENA
Iran Fires Latest Home-Made Torpedo from Helicopters

Iran Fires Latest Home-Made Torpedo from Helicopters

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Iran's latest home-grown torpedo was fired by the Naval Forces’ anti-submarine SH-3D helicopters during the massive six-day Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) wargames which concluded Tuesday.

The torpedo successfully hit and destroyed the specified sub-surface target in the waters of the Sea of Oman, Southern Iran, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.

According to Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the torpedo, test-fired recently, was used in operation for the first time on Monday.

The torpedo was last month test-fired in Jask region, Southern Iran, and can be fired from submarines, surface vessels and helicopters.

Two anti-subsurface SH-3D helicopters which were delivered to the Navy on December 1 were equipped with the torpedoes.

Different units of the Iranian Army's Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense started six days of massive joint military drills along the country's Southern and Southeastern coasts last Thursday.

The military exercises codenamed Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) covered an area of 2.2 million square kilometers from the East of the Strait of Hormuz to the Southern parts of the Gulf of Aden.

The Iranian Navy on Sunday launched its newly-developed mine laying and sweeping system on the fourth day of the wargames.

On the fourth day of the drills, the Iranian Navy rolled mines in the Sea of Oman and the area where the exercises were staged to prevent hypothetical enemies’ infiltration into the territorial waters.

Various flying units, surface vessels, high-speed boats, heavy Tareq-class submarines and indigenized and optimized vessels were used in the drills.

After rolling the mines, the Iranian Naval Forces defused them using minesweeping RH helicopters to provide security for the cargo ships and oil tankers and keeping the shipping lines open.

The Navy’s new integrated mine laying and sweeper system was then unveiled in a ceremony participated by Rear Admiral Sayyari.

Iran is among the few world countries with advanced minesweeping capabilities.

Source: FNA

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