Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 – December 1, 2018

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Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 - December 1, 2018

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Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 - December 1, 2018

Borei II-class ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir. Image: forums.airbase.ru

On November 28, Rusisa’s Borei II-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir reportedly started the builder’s trials near Severomorsk. Knyaz Vladimir has improved communications, lower noise levels, and better crew habitability in comparison with Borei I-class submarines. The submarine will be reportedly armed with 16 Bulava missiles with ten nuclear warheads atop each.

Iran

On December 1, Iran launched its domestically-built frigate, Sahand. The warship has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles as well as electronic warfare capabilities. Sahand is the third of Mowj-class frigates built by Iran after Jamaran and Damavand. However, she has enhanced operational capabilities and size. Pro-Irainan media claim that the new warship is twice stronger in terms of offensive and defensive features than previous ones.

On November 29, Iran launched 2 Ghadir-class submarines during a ceremony at the southern port city of Bandar Abbas. The submarines, which are capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines, would be used by Iran to secure its maritime borders in the Persian Gulf, according to pro-government media.

Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 - December 1, 2018

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Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 - December 1, 2018

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Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 - December 1, 2018

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Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 - December 1, 2018

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Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 - December 1, 2018

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Iranian, Russian Naval Developments November 27 - December 1, 2018

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  • Jens Holm

    Very nice pics. They probatly are sponsored by “ToysAreUs”.

    • ruca

      Obviously you have no clue as to why they are like that

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Is it me, (?) but if you look at the Ocean surface below Southern Australia, (on zoomed map) somethings looks very unnatural about that area. (perfectly straight trenches, geometric shapes etc, etc)

  • χρηστος

    we need to find more info about the destroyer and its capabilities….but the subs?what do they launch?toothpicks? they are pocket size subs maybe usefull in cartel drug traficking but in military ops?one has to take into account that their territory of operations is not the open seas ,certainly but …..

    • Garga

      It probably should be classified as a frigate, here’s some general info about it’s class (mowdge, meaning wave):
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moudge-class_frigate

      The midget sub is designed for the Persian Gulf, a very shallow body of water with it’s own characteristics (like more density of water compared to seas and oceans, higher temperature and twice a day tides resulting in difference in temperature of water layers which screws with sonar and other guidance/detection systems, shallow depth and it’s effect on the perceived colour of water, hence the sub’s unusual paint colour). It can sit on the sea bed, fire standard 533mm heavy torpedoes (including Hoot) and lay mines, carry commando units, the same thing littoral subs should be able to do. General info:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghadir-class_submarine

      Iranian navy a few times passed under the US ships in the Persian Gulf using these subs and filmed them from underneath. Apparently these subs are very difficult to detect.

    • ruca

      It’s because of their tactics for their specific situation. They just need them for close range. In and out attacks.