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News number: 8801210727

19:25 | 2009-04-10

Defence

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Iran to Manufacture Giant Destroyer, Advanced Submarines

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran plans to manufacture the largest destroyer and the most advanced submarines in the region, a senior Iranian commander said on Friday, adding that the army is also due to start mass production of new series of fighter jets in the current year.



"The Iranian nation will observe that we will manufacture the largest destroyer and the most advanced submarines in the region," Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi told FNA.

"Mass production of fighter jets, the samples of which were unveiled last year, and plans to manufacture vessels and submarines will be on our agenda in the new (Iranian) year (started 20 March)," Salehi said, stressing that the country is seeking to repeat the major advancements made in the last year, including the launch of first home made Iranian satellite 'Omid', in the current year.

Earlier in February Iranian Deputy Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi said that Iran will produce more modern military planes after its success in building 'Saeqeh' (Thunderbolt) and 'Azarakhsh' (Lightening) fighter jets.

"We have built some fighter jets, including Azarakhsh and Saeqeh, in our country that could fly and it is natural that we won't stop and will take the necessary steps for their development," Vahidi said.

Saeqeh, a joint product of the Iranian Air Force and the Defense Ministry, went on display as part of the Iranian air force's fleet during military parades on the Army Day last year.

Vahidi also announced that Iran has produced spy planes with the flying range of 1,000 km.