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13 Ağustos 2010 Cuma

Iran Plans to Mass-Produce World's Fastest Speedboat Next Year

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran plans to start mass production of the world's fastest speedboat in the next Iranian year (beginning March 21), a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Tuesday.

"We will supply Iran's marine units with a large number of such speedboats which will have torpedo and missile launching capabilities," Commander of the IRGC Navy Admiral Ali Fadavi said in a press conference today.

Fadavi reiterated that the home-made speedboat can sail at the maximum speed of 72 knots per hour (140km/h), reminding that the fastest speedboats produced by those countries with astonishing progresses in the field have a maximum speed of only 35 knots per hour.

He appreciated IRGC experts for producing such highly advanced speedboats, and stressed that the vessel plays a major role in promoting the IRGC Navy's deterrence power.

The Islamic Republic has mass-produced a large number of speedboats with rocket- launchers and other sophisticated military equipment which are able to strike a heavy blow on any foreign warship if the country comes under attack.

The IRGC Navy has also voiced preparedness to deploy its submarines and battle boats to intercept vessels at the Strait of Hormuz.

Earlier on Tuesday, the IRGC Navy launched tens of its missile-launching speedboats in the Persian Gulf.

The speedboats in Zolfaqar, Tareq, Ashoura and Zoljanah classes were launched in a ceremony attended by IRGC Navy Commander Admiral Ali Fadavi and a number of other high-ranking officials.

During the ceremony, Fadavi underlined that the speedboats enjoy high-speed, good sailing capabilities and a high destructive power, and announced the country's plans to continue launching similar vessels in Iran's southern waters.

In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iran-Iraq War, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, the IRGC Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran's response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.

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