Monday, 9 August 2010

Iran builds its own submarines

TEHRAN, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's top defense officials attended a
ceremony welcoming four new submarines fitted out with state of the
art technology, officials said.

Iranian state media outlets reported Sunday the locally made Ghadir
submarines have the ability to fire missiles and torpedoes
simultaneously, and are fitted with the latest sonar technology. The
submarines are able to operate in the shallow waters of the Persian
Gulf, the reports said.

Fars and IRNA state news agencies said Defense Minister General Ahmad
Vahidi and Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of Iran's Navy,
attended the ceremony along with senior military officials.

The reports said the submarines are an integral part of Iran's goal to
become self-sufficient by manufacturing and producing its own fighter
jets, armored vehicles and radar evading missiles as well as other
superior weapons, for its air, naval and ground forces.

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