Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy will soon receive two locally manufactured new-generation submarines, according to a Ministry of Defense source who spoke with Iranian news agency Tasnim, which is associated with the IRGC.
The two manned submarines, the new generations of the already deployed Ghadir and the Fateh vessels, have reportedly completed the manufacturing stage and are now being equipped. They were manufactured by the Defense Ministry’s Industries Organization.
According to Tasnim, the 43.5-meter-long Fateh (conqueror) weighs 527 tons and is equipped with an advanced sonic radar system for identifying enemy vessels, torpedoes, surface-to-surface missiles, naval mines, and a guided missile defense system, and can operate more than 200 meters below the sea surface for close to five full weeks.
Ghadir-class submarines were first manufactured in 2006 and improved several times over the years, according to the Tehran Times. It is a medium-sized, 29-meter-long vessel weighing 115 tons, equipped with cruise missiles and two long-range torpedo tubes.
The Tehran Times notes that Iran has placed a great deal of focus over the past few years on strengthening its naval forces.
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