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Iran Builds Region’s Largest Warship

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Iran Builds Region's Largest Warship

A model of the training ship Khalij Fars training ship was displayed on Iran’s Navy Day. Source: Defa Press

Iran’s Navy has unveiled a range of newly-developed equipment, including the Middle East’s biggest training warship and indigenous torpedo fuel. They were demonstrated during an unveiling ceremony in the presence of Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras, the Army’s second-in-command on November 29.

The new Otto fuel is combustible in the absence of oxygen, enabling the underwater propulsion of torpedoes. Thanks to this Iran’s torpedoes can be extended in range toward higher operational capability.

Iran also unveiled the design of the biggest Persian Gulf training warship during the ceremony. The 135-meter-long and 16-meter-wide vessel is to be outfitted with the Navy’s latest technologies and equipment and will carry as many as 230 trainees. It will reportedly be be the largest warship in west Asia.

The Mersad Project was also demonstrated, featuring the design and development of a comprehensive system needed for the testing of lightweight anti-submersible torpedoes. The Ra’d missile system’s testing mechanism, a sea-based missile system that can be used against all types of floating and flying targets, was also shown at the ceremony.

Iran also showcased the Damavand remote-controlled vessel, fitted with anti-electronic warfare equipment, which allows it to be released from its naval unit and used to jam enemy radar, sonar, and fire control systems during combat. A new nano material used for the covering the surface of vessels and naval equipment was also showcased.

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