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Iran Launches New Submarine Class

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A model of the Iranian Fateh-class submarine.

A model of the Iranian Fateh-class submarine.

Iran has launched a new class of indigenous submarine, according to a Tuesday report in Jane’s Defence Weekly.

One of the suspected Fateh-class of indigenously built submarines was spotted in the water near the Bostanu Shipyard near the Strait of Hormuz on Oct. 27, according to the report.

A second submarine appears to be under construction at the Bandar Anzali Naval Base on the Caspian Sea as of Sept. 27.

Jane’s supposition is based on satellite photographs taken over Bostanu and Bandar Anzail.

Earlier this year Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the navy planned to launch the first Fateh submarine sometime this year, according to Iranian state media.

“The timing would be correct,” Eric Wertheim, author of Naval Institute’s Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, told USNI News on Wednesday.

The construction of the 500-ton submarine demonstrates an improvement in Iran’s ability to produce military hardware despite the ongoing sanctions on the country.

“It’s a much bigger submarine than they’ve built before,” Wertheim said.

Previously, the Iranians, in cooperation with North Korea, had only domestically produced the 123-ton Ghadir-class midget submarine.

The size of the Fateh –class, five times larger than the Ghadir, indicates an increased sophistication in Iran’s shipbuilding capability.

“Once operational, the new Iranian submarines will increase the capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRIN) as the Fateh class will have a longer endurance than the Ghadirs and will be able to carry more torpedoes, mines or divers,” according to the Jane’s report.“

News of the Fateh launch closely follows an Iranian announcement last week that it planned to send its modified Russian-built Kilo-class submarine and surface force to visit India and Sri Lanka.

“Submarines are very important in the way Iran sees its navy going,” Wertheim said.
“They’re trying to think beyond the waters beyond the Persian Gulf.”

  • http://nickysworld.wordpress.com/ Nicky

    That sub look eerily similar to a Type 209

  • bkhuna

    This is good news. Our submariners and the ASW community need more target practice.

    • Adam

      Like I said, it’s dangerous to arrogantly dismiss growing capabilities of non western powers. Today’s adversaries have growing sophistication and 10 or 20 years from now may produce systems that can be serious problems for western military planners, if not in quality, then in numbers. Just look at the practicality of small hard to detect mini subs.

  • Ruckweiler

    May be it’s my age but that sure looks like a model of the USS Nautilus that I built in the early ’60s.

    • Adam

      Being naive and over estimating American capabilities can be very dangerous. It’s silly to arrogantly imply that anything not made in the US or Western power country is junk. Today our adversaries have rapidly expanding capabilities, even Iran has a fairly good industrial base, 10 to 20 years from now they may very well have combat systems capable of challenging the very best America has to offer, if not in quality, then in sheer numbers.

    • Steve C Scott

      Late 50’S.

  • J Kevin Brent

    What a load of Shiite…..