Iran launches new maritime boarder fleet
Iran added new crafts to its maritime boarder fleet, launching the systems into Persian Gulf, southern Iran, ISNA reported.
Iran's Police Chief Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqaddam said the country has managed to make progress in building and launching home-made vessels despite sanctions, and added "The number of modernized locally-made vessels will be increased to 50 percent by 2015."
He further reiterated that the vessels aim to facilitate rescue operations and confronting raiders and smugglers in the country's naval borders.
Last year 6 60-feet vessels were built or optimized in the country, and Iran will construct and upgrade 20 more 60-feet crafts by the end of 2013, Ahmadi-Moqaddam noted.
Iran has managed to master technologies and knowhow required for building many defense equipment and tools despite sanctions imposed against the country over its refusal to halt peaceful nuclear programs.
Iran's naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy also said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, Iran's 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