The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy unveiled new homegrown products, including a patrol combat vessel and two missile-launching speedboats, in a ceremony participated by the country’s high-ranking military officials.
The IRGC Navy has unveiled a domestically-developed patrol combat vessel named after late Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani during a ceremony in the Southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on Monday.
The ceremony was held in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Baqeri, Chief Commander of the IRGC Major General Hossein Salami, Commander of IRGC Navy Force Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, as well as a number of high-ranking state and provincial military officials.
During the ceremony, the IRGC Navy also took delivery of Shahid (Martyr) Rouhi and Shahid Dara high-speed and missile-launching assault boats, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
The hull of Shahid Soleimani combat patrol vessel is equipped with radar-evading stealth technology, meaning that it has a very low level of radar cross-section.
Due to its shape, the vessel can undertake all kinds of operations in open seas, and is capable of cruising in adverse weather conditions.
Shahid Soleimani military watercraft also has a much higher maneuverability and a much smaller turning radius compared to vessels of the same size, enabling it to implement various offensive and defensive missions.
The vessel runs on four indigenous high-power engines, which give it the chance to be quickly dispatched to the designated zone, and go on long-haul maritime missions without the need for coastal support as it defends the interests of the Islamic Republic in high seas.
Moreover, it can carry helicopters, and is equipped with large helipads intended for use by military choppers as well as vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles.
Given its combined combat features, Shahid Soleimani vessel can also carry and launch various types of fast attack craft during operations in open seas.
The watercraft is equipped with the most sophisticated reconnaissance, surveillance, telecommunications and electronic warfare systems as well as radars. It can identify and monitor designated targets at sea level, below sea level and in the air.
Among other features of the vessel is the use of homegrown self-protection systems, modern communication and telecommunication equipment, various types of encoders and data links.