Iran to Launch New Destroyer More Powerful than Jamaran
A senior Iranian Navy commander announced on Sunday that the country plans to launch a new home-made destroyer in the Caspian Sea which will enjoy more advanced naval equipment compared with Iran's first home-made destroyer Jamaran, Tabnak reported.
Speaking to Fars news agency in Iran's Northern provincial capital city of Rasht today, Commander of the Northern Fleet of the Iranian Navy Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi announced the new destroyer is presently under construction in Shaheed Tajvidi Industrial Complex in Iran's Northern port city of Bandar Anzali.
"At present, the equipments are being mounted onto the destroyer, and effort has been made to optimize its equipments in comparison with those used in Jamaran (Iran's first home-made destroyer)," Mousavi stated, adding that the new destroyer will use 100% home-made and optimized equipments.
According to official statements, Jamaran has been tasked with patrolling Iran's Southern waters in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, while the new destroyer will be used in the country's Northern waters in the Caspian Sea.
"The destroyer will be used in one of the combat units of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy in the Caspian Sea and will start its naval mission and operation in the lake in the near future," the commander announced.
According to the commander, the vessel will have the duty to establish peace and security in Iran's Northern waters.
Iran's first home-made destroyer, Jamaran, was launched in a ceremony in late February attended by senior Navy commanders and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
The Mowdge Class vessel has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and is armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.
Jamaran successfully test-fired different kinds of weapons, including a powerful and intelligent missile named 'Nour' (light), in March.