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News number: 9102111883

17:16 | 2012-05-13

Defence

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IRGC Commander Stresses Iran's Monopoly on Missile-Launching Speedboats

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said that Iran has allocated thousands of its speed boats for military purposes, adding that production of missile-launching speedboats is under Iran's monopoly.



"All throughout the world, Iran is the only country which has speed vessels with the ability of firing (rockets and missile) at high speeds," Fadavi said addressing the second national conference on speedboats here in Tehran on Sunday.

"We now have speedboats which can launch missiles as they traverse at a speed over 60km (per hour)," the commander underscored.

He further announced that Iran has several thousands of high-speed vessels, 20,000 of which are used for military purposes, adding that the fate of any war between Iran and the US in the sea will be determined by Iran's speedboats.

In March 2011, Fadavi had said that speed boats, specially the newly mass-produced missile-launching vessels, have granted high mobility and power to the IRGC Navy and made it a unique force in the world.

"As regards high-speed missile-launching vessels, no country in the world enjoys such a power (that Iran has)," Fadavi said, addressing a ceremony held to mark inauguration of the production lines of two types of new speed vessels.

"We emphasize that we have gained a unique power in this field of naval defense," Fadavi went on saying.

Admiral Fadavi further compared the high speed of the Iranian vessels and the IRGC Navy's high mobility with the US Navy, and said, "US warships currently have a maximum speed of 31 knots while the Iranian vessels can traverse twice as fast on average."