Iranian navy equips logistic units with long-range missiles
The Iranian Navy has equipped a number of its logistic vessels and units with long-range surface-to-surface missiles, Navy's Deputy Commander for Operations Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi announced, Fars News Agency reported.
"Missile frigates and destroyers have been equipped with these missiles since long time ago and the surface-to-surface missiles of the logistic vessels were successfully tested and assessed during the recent naval wargames, dubbed as Joushan," Mousavi told.
The commander further announced that the Navy also plans to equip its vessels with modern air defense systems.
"Right now we are mounting air-defense missile systems onto a number of surface vessels. Other units will also be equipped with these systems after final tests," he noted, adding that these new equipments are added to the artillery systems that have already been mounted onto these vessels.
Mousavi also said that a comprehensive program is underway to equip Iran's naval units with choppers, adding that the move will boost the operational range of the country's naval fleets.
Last November, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam said that the Navy plans to equip all its destroyers and military vessels with military choppers as part of its broader plans for boosting the operational range of its fleets.
"To safeguard the security zone of the naval units when fulfilling missions in vast areas, all the Navy destroyers and vessels that have a flight deck should be equipped with choppers," he told FNA at the time.