Iran Likely to Unveil New Submarine in Upcoming Wargames
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Navy commander said Sunday that his forces are likely to unveil a new advanced submarine called Fateh (Conqueror) in the upcoming ’Velayat 92’ naval wargames.
“The Velayat 92 wargames will be held ... in the second half of the current (Iranian) year (September 23, 2013 - March 21, 2014)," Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said.
With the new submarine, dubbed as Fateh, the Iranian Navy will be equipped with the full range of light, medium and heavy submarines.
Speaking to Tasnim in August about production of Fateh submarine, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Admiral Gholam Reza Biqam said, “The construction phases of this submarine are underway at the Defense Industries Organization and will be completed in the near future.”
Biqam expressed hope that the 527-ton Fateh submarine would soon join Iran's defense forces.
The new submarine is highly mobile and can move fast in deep waters. It is also capable of firing torpedoes and planting mines.
The 527- ton Fateh submarine is considered a medium undersurface vessel whose weigh at depth increases to 593 tons. The submarine is equipped with an advanced sonic radar system for identifying enemy vessels and uses missile defense system.
In recent years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.