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Iran Launches Most Advanced Indigenous Destroyer “Sahand”

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The Iranian Navy launched its most advanced domestically-built destroyer, named Sahand, in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

Sahand joined the Iranian naval fleet in the Persian Gulf at a ceremony attended by the top military brass including Iran's Army Commander, Major general Abdolrahim Mousavi.

Sahand was hailed as the most advanced one of its type to be indigenously-produced in the country.

It is bigger in size, of enhanced operational capabilities, and twice stronger in offensive and defensive features compared to Jamaran.

Sahand was fitted with four engines to support long-distance missions and can stay afloat for 150 days while accompanied by a support vessel. It also has electronic warfare capabilities and has a flight deck for helicopters.

The updates favored such parts of the vessel as torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship gunnery, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missile system, precision defense system, naval defense system, operational sphere, and maneuverability.

Its main structure, which has been rendered capable of radar evasion, was first manufactured in the form of separate modules that were put together in a towing tank.

Sahand is the third vessel produced as a result of the Mowj [Wave] Project undertaken by the Iranian Navy. So far, the project has yielded two other vessels, named Jamaran and Damavand.

The Iranian Navy also launched two indigenous submarines earlier this week.

Admiral Alireza Sheikhi, who oversees the Navy’s factories in the southern city of Bandar Abbas, described the quality of the vessel’s designing as “very audacious and innovative.”

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team