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Iran launches second domestic-made destroyer in Caspian Sea

Last Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 19:27

Tehran: Iran launched its second domestically-made Jamaran-2 destroyer in the Caspian Sea on Sunday.

In the ceremony held in the northern port city of Bandar Anzali, Iran``s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed the construction of the destroyer as the "great achievement" for the Islamic republic.

The launch of the "advanced" warship in the Caspian Sea would be a "step toward the establishment of security" in the sea, he added.

The warship has been designed and built by the experts at Iran`` s Defense Ministry and has state-of-the-art navigation equipment and complex defensive systems, Press TV reported Sunday.

According to the report, the destroyer, with a displacement of around 1,420 tons, is powered by a 20,000-horsepower engine with a speed of 30 knots and has the capability to carry helicopters, different surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, advanced artilleries and torpedo system. It is also equipped with electronic war system.

Jamaran-2 will officially join the fleet of Iran``s Navy within the next six months after the completion of final tests, said Press TV.

In February 2010, Iran``s navy launched Jamaran-1 destroyer in the Persian Gulf, which is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities.

The multi-mission Jamaran-1 destroyer, which has a top speed of 30 knots as well, can carry 120-140 personnel onboard and is also armed with a variety of anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles.


First Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 19:27

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