TEHRAN -- Iran has taken giant strides to achieve self-sufficiency in producing sophisticated military equipment, including the world’s best submarines, despite decades-long sanctions and an arms embargo.
The country’s military has phenomenally bolstered its naval combat power by building a large number of ‘Ghadir’ midget submarines and demonstrating its rapid progress in indigenous submarine technology, Press TV reported Monday.
Ghadir-class submarines, which officially joined Iran’s Navy fleet in November 2018, are capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines at enemy targets.
Unlike surface vessels, submarines are hard to track, which give them strategic advantage. They are also more difficult to manufacture and repair than surface hips, but Iran has shown that it can.
This capability to produce, reverse engineer and obtain small and large submarines is testament to Iran’s rapidly expanding military industrial base, which has successfully neutralized the impact of sanctions.
According to leading military experts, Iran’s domestically-produced submarines today possess the same technological prowess as those produced in the West and purchased by major Persian Gulf countries.