Iran launches 'cruise missile capable' submarine

Iran launches 'cruise missile capable' submarine

The submarine submerged at a ceremony in Iran's southern port city of Bandar Abbas, attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi.

Iran said Saturday a new submarine being developed by its military would be outfitted with guided cruise missiles.

Late in November 2018, two Ghadir-class submarines capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines joined Iran's naval fleet.

"Defense Ministry's Marine Industries Organization is prepared to carry out the missions of the Islamic Republic's powerful naval forces, including the IRGC, Army and the Police Force in designing, constructing and supplying advanced marine equipment and weapons, fast, surface, sub-surface and ground-effect vehicles using the state-of-the-art technology", Hatami underlined, according to Mehr.

Fateh, with a 100-percent domestically-sourced technology, can operate more than 200 meters below the sea surface for almost five weeks, Press TV reported.

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Iran is now developing a large domestic arms industry due to worldwide pressures and embargoes that have carried it from importing many weapons.

The Fateh can be outfitted with subsurface-to-surface missiles capable of reaching targets some 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) away, including Israel and United States military bases in the Middle East and north Africa.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six powers last May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards on February 7 unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 620 miles, according to the elite unit's official media agency Sepah News.

Rouhani said on Sunday that "pressure by enemies, the (Iran-Iraq) war and sanctions" were incentives for Tehran to be self-reliant in its defence industry.

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