Iran launches second domestic-made destroyer in Caspian Sea
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.