TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran’s navy force will unveil its most modern maritime equipment in the very near future in line with meeting the domestic demands and thwarting the threats against the country, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said.
Iran has the highest capability and potential, equipped with the most modern technology in the field of operation, submarines and heavy- and light-destroyers in different classes, Irani stated.
Today, lifting or imposing sanctions in the military field has no value for Iranian people, the Iran’s army navy force commander said.
Speaking in a news conference on the occasion of Iran’s Army navy Day on Saturday, Irani pointed to the salient achievements of navy Force of the country and said that Iran’s navy Force is shining like a gem in the Persian Gulf region.
7th of Azar (Nov. 27) shows the bravery and self-sacrifice of Iranian soldiers and combatants who managed to cut the malicious hands of enemies in a tough condition and unequal war during the eight years of Sacred Defense (Iraqi imposed war against Iran in 1980-1988).
Apart from carrying out its maritime operation from Strait of Hormuz to North Persian Gulf, today, Iran’s navy Force is carrying out very vital and sensitive operations in depth of Indian Ocean and Red Sea and has shown excellent maritime operation in line with bringing about security for while region and the world, he emphasized.
In response to a question on the impacts of sanctions on defense industries, Iran’s top navy commander noted that, benefitted from high potentials and capabilities, sanctions imposed against the country have not had any impact on Iran’s navy force.
He then pointed to the joint Zolfaghar-1400 drill recently held in the country and added that Iran’s navy managed to gain salient achievements in the drill in maritime sector successfully.
Stating that navy Force is an equipment-oriented, scientific-, political-, military- and international force, Irani stressed, “Accordingly, Iran’s navy force will unveil most modern maritime equipment in the very near future in line with meeting the domestic demands and thwarting the future threats against the country.”
The top commander has also unveiled plans to manufacture a new homegrown heavy submarine.
Irani said the navy is designing a new class of heavy submarine, called “Be’sat”, adding the construction of the new submarine will begin soon.
Highlighting the navy’s success in combating threats to Iranian vessels, the commander stressed the security of the trade ships has been provided a hundred percent.
Vowing Iran’s continued strong presence in international waters, the commander noted Iran has maintained its naval equipment updated and seeks to develop new gear and increase the number of vessels.
Regarding the importance of Iran’s Navy in the region, the naval commander noted that when Iran attends international summits, most participants admit how difficult it is for the Islamic Republic’s Navy to be at sea despite sanctions.
“When an Iranian Navy fleet is present at sea, it independently provides security, which indicates a very high level of its [Iranian Navy] effectiveness,” he said.
“In places where Iran has a full presence and escorts its ships, I dare say that many foreign ships cross the border where Iran’s navy is present, and this indicates the high power of the country’s scientists and craftsmen,” he pointed.
He also said that all over the world, a vessel is the sign of a country’s territory with its flag hailing, so when Iran escorts 2,000 kilometers away and maintains security, it means that Iran’s economic border is 2,000 kilometers away.