Iran has launched a new locally-made submarine capable of firing cruise missiles.
The submarine launch ceremony, led by President Hassan Rouhani, took place in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas. Speaking on the occasion, Rouhani said, ‘Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully self-reliant on land, air and sea. Our defensive power is meant to defend our interests and we have never sought to attack any country. pressure by enemies, the (Iran-Iraq) war and sanctions” were incentives for Tehran to be self-reliant in its defence industry.’
Named the Fateh (Farsi for ‘Conqueror’). The new submarine is Iran’s first in the semi-heavy category, filling a gap between the light Ghadir class and the heavy Kilo class submarines that the country possesses. 600-tonne underwater vessel is equipped with torpedoes and naval mines in addition to cruise missiles, and can operate more than 200 metres below sea level for up to 35 days.
It should be noted that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on February 7 unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 kilometres (620 miles). The surface-to-surface missile — called Dezful — is an upgrade on the older Zolfaghar model that had a range of 700 kilometres.