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9 Ağustos 2010 Pazartesi

Iran Launches 4 Light Submarines in Persian Gulf

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran launched four home-built advanced submarines on Sunday to protect shipping vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

The Ghadir submarines, made by the Defense Ministry's Marine Industries, joined the Iranian Army's naval fleet in an official ceremony held this afternoon.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior Iranian military commanders and officials, including Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Commander of the Iranian Army's Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

Military officials said that the light submarines enjoy exceptional capabilities and have been armed with highly advanced torpedoes.

Iran has been pushing an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency. It has produced its own jet fighters and armored vehicles as well as radar-avoiding missiles and other high-tech weapons.

Iran announced in June 2009 that a home-made submarine, named Ghadir 948, had joined the naval brigade of the country's first naval zone.

In November 2009, Iran announced that its first domestically built Ghadir class submarine launched operation.

The Iranian military said that the submarine can easily evade detection as it is equipped with sonar-evading technology and can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously.

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in November that Ghadir-class submarines are the second Iranian-built underwater craft outfitted with "state-of-the-art electronic equipment".

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