Iran to launch its first destroyer in Caspian Sea by march
Tehran, Iran, Nov. 27
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
The home-made destroyer dubbed "Damavand" will join Iran's naval fleet in the Caspian Sea by the end of the current Iranian fiscal year (started on March 21).
Iranian Army's 4th Naval Zone Admiral Khordad Hakimi said on Nov.27 that "among the Caspian Littoral countries, only Russia has destroyers, and Iran's army should be always ready to tackle any threats, Fars news agency reported.
Hakimi said the Caspian Sea's security depends on Iran and other littoral countries' army forces.
The production of the Damavand destroyer started in 2010, according to the Iranian media outlets. When completed, it will have the ability to carry helicopters, anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and torpedoes. The ship will also be equipped with electronic warfare devices.
Iranian officials say that the country is upgrading its warfare capabilities in the Caspian Sea in a bid to maintain peace and security along its coastal waters in the North.
In March 2013 it was announced that Iran's indigenously manufactured "Jamaran 2" destroyer was launched in the Caspian Sea near the northern port city of Bandar Anzali. Later, Iran's state TV channel IRIB News released a report, which said "Jamaran 2" and Damavand" is actually the same destroyer.
Damavand (Jamaran 2) is a wave-class warship, has been designed and built by the experts at Iran's Defense Ministry and has state-of-the-art navigation equipment and complex defense systems.