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15:20 | 2013-01-01


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Navy Commander Lauds Iranian Experts' Achievements in Defense Sector

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari praised Iranian experts for their huge and unbelievable scientific advancements in defensive fields, especially in producing naval equipment.

Iranian naval experts have made important breakthroughs in producing the military equipment needed by the Navy, said the Iranian commander on the sidelines of the fifth day of the Navy drills in Iran's Southern waters in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipments, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, especially at a time of heightened threats by the US.

On November 28, Iranian Navy launched the main structure Sina-7 missile launching frigate. Navy also started using two new home-made Qadir-class light submarines and two hovercrafts.

In September, the main structure of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sahand (IRI Sahand) missile destroyer was officially launched by the Iranian Navy in Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

Iran's first home-made destroyer, Jamaran, was launched in late February 2010. The Mowdge Class vessel has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and is armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.

On Friday December 28, The Iranian Navy started a series of wargames in the country's Southern waters on Friday to test its capabilities for defending Iran's water borders and regional interests.

The wargames, codenamed 'The Great Naval Wargames of Velayat 91', will last 6 days and will cover around one million square kilometers from the Strait of Hormuz to the waters up to the 18-degree latitude.

"Today, enemy drones came under the heavy fire of the (Iranian) courageous naval forces in both sea and on coasts before they could infiltrate the positions of the friendly troops and finally they were hit and destroyed by Misaq shoulder-launched missiles," Spokesman of the Wargames Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari said on Monday.

On Sunday, Commander of the Navy's Aviation Unit Rear Admiral Alireza Nayyeri said that the Iranian Navy has boosted and upgraded the capability of its home-made UAVs.

Also on Monday, the advanced Nasr cruise missile tested by the naval forces hit and destroyed the target with high precision.

On the third day of the naval drills, Navy's marine and Special Forces clashed with invading troops of the hypothetical enemy in the country's ports and coasts.

The Iranian naval forces tried to seize control of the invading vessels using combat vessels and choppers.

On the second day of the wargames, the Iranian navy fleets exercise their firepower capabilities.

Sayyari told reporters on Friday that the naval drills would be carried out in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, North of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.