Iran on Saturday delivered its most advanced home-made destroyer, Sahand (photo), to the naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
Sahand destroyer was launched in Bandar Abbas port city in a ceremony participated by Iran’s Army Commander, Navy Commander and Deputy Defense Minister.
The Iranian Navy announced late 2013 that it planned to equip its then under-construction Sahand destroyer with more advanced weapons and electronic war systems than its first generation destroyer, Jamaran.
“The first feature of Sahand is that its radar-evading capability has increased up to 30% and the form of its hull makes its detection by radars more difficult,” Head of the Self-Sufficiency Jihad of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Ali Qolamzadeh told FNA at the time.
He said that the volume of Sahand’s store, deposit and stock rooms have increased in a way that it can continue sailing distances twice farther than what Jamaran could traverse.
“Also the number of its radar and weapons system has at least been doubled and new electronic war systems have been mounted on it,” Qolamzadeh said.
He said that the Navy will also mount its new long-range phased-array radar system, named ‘Asr’, on Sahand if no newer radar system is made in the country until the destroyer is prepared for mission.
The destroyer is also able to journey across the faraway oceans for 150 days along with a logistic vessel.
Earlier, Two new Qadir-class submarines joined the Iranian Naval fleet in the Southern waters of the Persian Gulf on Thursday.
The submarines which are capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines were unveiled during a ceremony at the Southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi attended the ceremony which was held on the occasion of the Navy Day.
The Qadir-class submarines are designed to cruise within the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf to ensure peace and security of Iran’s maritime borders.