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News number: 9107168084

16:30 | 2013-05-07

Defence

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Iran's New Minesweeper Can Defuse 2 Types of Mines Simultaneously

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's newly unveiled home-made minesweeper is an advanced system with the capability to defuse two different types of sea mines simultaneously, a senior Iranian Navy commander announced on Tuesday.



The Iranian Navy staged a special minesweeping operation in waters East of the strategic Strait of Hormuz this morning during which it unveiled and started using the country's first home-made minesweeping system.

During the operation, the Navy started using a newly built advanced minesweeping system, and navy choppers successfully defused mines using the home-made system.

Now, Iran is among the few world countries with advanced minesweeping capabilities.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the operation today, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavash Jarreh said that the Navy is now in possession of an adequate number of indigenous minesweepers and has no problem with mass-producing these systems.

As regards the system's ability to defuse different types of mines, including acoustic, limpet (also magnetic) and pressure-activated mines, Jarreh stated, "We are using specific minesweepers for defusing each type of mines, but this (newly unveiled) system can clear one or two types of naval mines simultaneously."