TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Rear Admiral Khanzadi in a meeting with Chinese Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming in Tehran said on Tuesday that his country’s naval forces are due to hold joint drills with their counterparts from China and Russia on December 27.
"The joint drills of Iran, China and Russia codenamed Marine Security Belt will be staged on December 27,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi.
He also underlined preparedness to start exchange of information between the two countries, including data and information related to the pirates and technical issues, and called for increased joint naval drills to bolster defense preparedness of both states.
Rear Admiral Khanzadi also emphasized the importance of the joint production of destroyers and submarines by Iran and China, saying that the two states are necessitated to run technical cooperation in a bid to enhance the level of their know-how and experience.
The Chinese official, for his part, said interactions between Iran and China play an effective role in maintaining regional and international security and peace, describing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy as "an international and strategic force”.
On Tuesday, Iranian Navy’s aviation fleet has received three home-made training-reconnaissance Chakavak planes in the Southern port city of Bandar Abbas
The three planes were unveiled at the first base of the Maritime Aviation Unit in Bandar Abbas in the presence of Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi.
The two-seat and single-engine plane can fly at the altitude of 14,000 feet and enjoys the flight durability of 4.5 hours.
The Iranian Navy has in the past few years unveiled and been equipped with different new home-made military equipment on the occasion of the Navy Day.
The Naval force unveiled a vertical takeoff naval drone with the capability to fly horizontally and land on water, dubbed Pelican-2, late last month in a ceremony where a homegrown Inertial Navigation System (INS) was also put on display.