On November 19, a new oceangoing warship dubbed Abdollah Rudaki entered service with the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy.
The warship joined the IRGC Navy’s fleet in a ceremony attended by IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami and other senior military officials.
The IRGC said the warship was designed to carry out combat, reconnaissance and logistical missions in oceans. The warship will be deployed to secure maritime routes, trade vessels and fishing boats of Iran and neighboring countries.
The warship, 150 meters in length and weighing 4,000 tons, is equipped with a 3-dimensional phased array radar and what appears to be eight Noor anti-ship cruise missiles.
Additional weapon systems, including the 3rd Khordad air-defense system, can be operated from the warship’s dock, which can host a helicopter. Several types of drones, like the Ababil-2, can be also launched from the dock.
IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri said Rudaki warship will be in a flotilla that will depart for the Indian Ocean.
The flotilla, that’s named after former Quds Force Commander Qassim Soleimani, will head to the northern part of the Indian Ocean to monitor marine, subsurface and aerial data as well as to practice asymmetrical warfare tactics.
“The naval flotilla has focused on the security of navigation in north of the Indian Ocean and action against branded and non-branded pirates, and will carry out operations if necessary,” Tangsiri said, according to Tasnim News.
Iran has been boosting its military capabilities to face the ever increasing pressure from the U.S. and Israel. In the last two years, the Islamic country made significant achievements in the defense sector.
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