Iran is beginning construction on a brand new heavy destroyer, named “Negin”, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced in an interview with Tasnim News Agency on November 24th.
The displacement of the destroyer is expected to be between 5,000 and 7,000 tons, he said, adding that the warship will be used in long-running naval missions without any limitation.
According to him, the Islamic Republic “has made major achievements in manufacturing different weapons and military equipment, especially vessels.”
No other details of the large destroyer were presented, and just the size puts it on par with some of the major combatant warships of the US or Europe.
Currently, the largest warships employed by the Iranian Navy are the Moudge-class destroyers, sitting between 1,300 tons and 1,500 tons of displacements, much smaller than the new one that was announced.
Days later Khanzadi made another announcement regarding the Moudge-class.
Iran is to get a new state-of-the-art destroyer named “Dena,” the Iranian Navy commander announced on November 27th.
The warship was entirely designed and manufactured by domestic military experts and it should join the ranks of the Iranian Navy in the coming months.
Khanzadi praised the recent successes of the Iranian navy and said that “extended deterrence via expansion of the Navy’s capacities and capabilities in open waters is on the agenda of the force.”
“To make this fast-paced move, the Navy needs a set of equipment, capacities, and capabilities to make attempts in high seas for the benefit of global maritime security and national economy,” he added.
The Dena destroyer is supposed to be commissioned in the navy between January 1st and February 19th, 2020.
The commander further said Dena is a new Moudge-class (Wave-class) destroyer similar to the Jamaran and the Sahand destroyers, adding that it has new capabilities compared to other destroyers of the country.
They Moudge-class destroyers are described as destroyers by the Iranian state media but the size and weight of the ships are similar to that of modern corvettes. The ships are also referred to as destroyer escorts.
They have a displacement of 1,500 tons, a length of 95 meters. Their propulsion comes from 2 × 10,000 hp (7,500 kW) engines, in addition to 4 × 740 hp (550 kW) diesel generators.
They are armed with the following weapons:
- 4 × Noor or Qader anti-ship missiles;
- 1 × 76 mm Fajr-27 naval gun;
- 1 × 40 mm Fath-40 AAA;
- 2 × 20 mm cannons Oerlikon;
- 4 × Mehrab Missiles reverse engineering of SM-1 SAM or Raad Missiles;
- 2 × triple 324 mm torpedoes;
- 2 × 12.7 mm heavy machine guns.
Khanzadi also said the domestically made Damavand destroyer, which crashed into a jetty back in January last year, will return to service by the end of March 2020 with advanced gears, including vertical launch missiles, installed on it.
The Iranian navy in December announced plans to manufacture a home-made trimaran (with three hulls in parallel) destroyer named Safineh to be used in asymmetric coastal warfare and rapid reaction operations. The blueprint of the heavy vessel which is 100 meters long and enjoys the trimaran technology was unveiled late last year.
Also, low hydrodynamic resistance in high speed and a floating propulsion system appropriate to the needed corresponding dimensions and speed are among other features of Safineh.
It should be noted that these warships are specifically announced for the Iranian Navy, that’s separate from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy.
The Iranian Navy is a strategic force, with its large warships, while the IRGC Navy focuses heavily on smaller ships, fit for skirmishes and specifically aimed at dismantling large surface combatants such as a US Navy aircraft carrier.
The Iranian Navy is in a dire of modernization, as it has an aging fleet that cannot even nearly compete with the US and other of the more imposing global naval forces.