Iran to unveil destroyers and missile frigates made in the country

21 June 2012 (Last Updated June 21st, 2012 03:45)

Iranian Defence Ministry will soon unveil ten different classes of destroyers and missile-launching frigates made in the country, a senior Iranian Navy commander has said.

Iranian Defence Ministry will soon unveil ten different classes of destroyers and missile-launching frigates made in the country, a senior Iranian Navy commander has said.

Abbas Zamini, Iranian Navy technical affairs lieutenant commander rear admiral, told Fars News Agency that the Mowdge 1 Class vessel Jamaran demonstrated Iran's capabilities in manufacturing battleships.

The country is currently developing the second generation of the hi-tech vessel, while 70% of the construction of Mowdge 2 Class destroyer, Velayat, is through Iran's northern port city of Bandar Anzali.

In 2012, the Iranian Navy has launched its first indigenously built guided-missile destroyer, the Jamaran, while the Velayat is scheduled for launch before March 2013.

"Construction of other Mowdge and Sina-class destroyers are underway, including Mowdge 3 and 4 projects," Zamini said.

Construction of Mowdge 5 class destroyer, Sahand, is likely to end in the near future and will be launched later this year.

"Construction of other Mowdge and Sina-class destroyers are underway, including Mowdge 3 and 4 projects."

In addition, Zamini said added that work on all the three classes of Sina-class missile-launching frigates is on Iran's agenda.

Under the Sina-class programme, the Iranian Defence Ministry and the navy are constructing four different classes of warships known as Sina 4, 5, 6 and 7.

The 14,000t Mowdge-class vessel, Jamaran, is fitted with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities, as well as a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.

The 94m-long Jamaran can accommodate a crew of 120-140 and can cruise at a maximum speed of 30kt.

Capable of carrying helicopters, the destroyer is also armed with a smart 'Nour' (light) missile and provides anti-submarine capabilities with defence systems against surface and air attacks.