Introduction — April 11, 2015
Although Iran hasn’t specified what type of submarine will be launched, it will probably be a Besat submarine. Sometimes referred to as a Qaem, the Besat is a medium sized submarine comparable to the Israeli Dolphin.
The first Iranian Besat was launched in 2013 and after undergoing sea trials it entered service earlier this year. A second submarine of this class was scheduled to be launched before the end of this year. So the submarine to be launched soon is likely to be a Besat. Although little publicised, the Besat is thought to be one of the most advanced submarines in Iran’s fleet and is capable of firing cruise missiles as the video from naval exercises in February (below), shows.
Iran to launch new submarine soon: Navy commander
Press TV — April 11, 2015
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Islamic Republic will soon launch a new domestically-manufactured submarine.
Sayyari said Saturday that Iran is also working on a new destroyer and expressed hope that the vessel would join the Navy by the end of the current Iranian year (March 19, 2016).
He added that the new destroyer features a variety of new military equipment and weapons.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.
Iran has so far launched different classes of domestically-built advanced submarines including Fateh, Ghadir, Qaem, Nahang, Tareq and Sina.
The Islamic Republic has also manufactured different types of destroyers.
The Iranian Navy launched its first domestically-built destroyer, Jamaran, in the Persian Gulf in February 2010. The 1,420-ton destroyer is equipped with modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities. It also features highly advanced anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-subsurface systems.
In March, another domestically-made destroyer, Damavand, officially joined the Navy’s fleet in the Caspian Sea north of the country. The state-of-the-art destroyer is equipped with modern radar, electronic and reconnaissance systems.
Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially its neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.