Iran to Unveil New Home-Made Missile-Launching Frigates, Radar Soon

Iran to Unveil New Home-Made Missile-Launching Frigates, Radar Soon
Sun Nov 23, 2014 09:45:09

Iran plans to unveil new home-made missile-launching frigates and a radar system in the near future, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Saturday.

"Unveiling 5 overhauled Fajr-class missile-launching frigates, two Sirik-class missile-launching frigates, a new and overhauled hovercraft, an X-band radar system, the three-dimensional 'Asr' radar system and its mounting on Jamaran destroyer are among the Navy's plans for the next few days," Sayyari told reporters in Tehran yesterday.

Noting that two anti-submarine SH helicopters and an anti-surface AB212 helicopter have been overhauled and delivered to the Navy, he said that Fateh submarine and Damavand destroyer are so ready to go on display.

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

Sayyari said in September 2013 that the Iranian Navy was fully capable of manufacturing all its needed military tools and equipment.

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