Iran’s Isfahan University of Technology constructing 8 submarines
Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr.28 /Trend R.Zamanov/
Isfahan University of Technology in cooperation with three other universities has designed eight military and civil submarines.
The construction operations of the submarines are underway, the Mehr News Agency reported.
They have a variety of uses, including tourism, exploration, defense, and laying cables.
Iran's Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Eslami announced earlier this month that the country plans to unveil the first indigenous submarine within the next few months.
He added that the final stages of the submarine's design and construction are currently underway and that it will be unveiled by August 2013.
The submarine has been entirely designed and manufactured by Iranian experts according to the country's needs, he said.
Iran's Navy previously launched the indigenous Tareq 901 and Ghadir class submarines as part of efforts to upgrade the country's defense capabilities, Press TV reported.
The Ghadir submarine was first unveiled in 2007. The 120-ton vessel has excellent shallow depth performance and can conduct prolonged coastal missions and launch torpedoes.
Eslami also revealed that new indigenous fighters and modern drones would be unveiled in the near future.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in essential military equipment and systems.
Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially its neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.