Iran Starts Production of Torpedoes

TEHRAN – Iran Saturday launched a production line of torpedoes in order to promote its defense capability at sea, the United States has recently escalated its threats on Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said at the launch ceremony that the production marked completion of “the Islamic Republic’s defensive cycle at sea.”

“Iran’s marine units have now achieved an effective weapon with a complicated and modern technology in confronting surface and under-sea threats,” Shamkhani said, adding the torpedoes could be mounted on helicopters, surface vessels and submarines.”

Some of the important features of this weapon are the possibility to use it in shallow waters, without being spotted byradars, as well as its extraordinarily high speed, while being notably cost-effective,” he said.

Since mid-January, US President George W. Bush, Vice PresidentDick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have made harsh comments against Iran.

Iran has vowed to defend itself with deterrent power.