TEHRAN – Iran’s Navy has
announced that a homegrown intelligence gathering ship has been developed and being tested for deployment, Fars news agency reported on Sunday.
The vessel named the Shiraz is the first destroyer class warship capable of housing a helicopter and a revamped deck for Iranian-developed radars.
Fars quoted the commander in charge of the naval industries as saying that the Shiraz has a wide array of equipment for electronic warfare and intelligence gathering, developed by national resources. The ship is in the final stages of testing, he said, and will join the Army’s navy.
The new vessel, according to the commander, has successfully passed initial tests and is in the final stages of construction. It will officially join the navy after the completion of its technical and operational tests.
In recent years, the Iranian navy has displayed a range of homegrown military equipment as a show of power to its adversaries.
Back in September, two Iranian-made ships came back from a first-ever Atlantic Ocean mission that took them four months of sailing over a distance of 44,000 kilometers.
Top Iranian officials and military commanders have made clear that the Islamic Republic’s progress in developing and manufacturing military equipment does not pose any threat to neighboring countries, emphasizing that Iran’s military might is defensive in nature.
Last month, chief of the Iranian Navy Shahram Irani called on regional states to join hands to establish “collective security” in the region.
“I believe that the security of this region can be ensured through collective participation of regional countries, and there is no need for foreign forces to be present in this region,” Irani said.