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Commander: Iran Plans to Build Aircraft Carriers

World Navy Force News - Iran
Commander: Iran Plans to Build Aircraft Carriers
"The Iranian Army's Navy has done a good job in designing and building various types of vessels, and now after acquiring the know-how and experience the Navy is after designing and building chopper and aircraft carriers," Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy for Research and Self-sufficiency Jihad Capitan Mansour Maqsoudlou said.

Speaking to the Islamic republic news agency, Maqsoudlou said that the Navy has also accomplished designing of new vessels.

"Manufacturing chopper or aircraft carriers may consume time, but inability has no place amongst us since we believe that WE CAN," the commander said.

He pointed to the Iranian Navy's major development plan, dubbed as Velayat (religious leadership), and said manufacturing vessels and submarines of different class and type is on the agenda of the Navy based on the plan.

The Captain further named Jamaran 2 Destroyer as the most noteworthy vessel under production at present, and said it is among the several vessels in the final stages of production.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy plans to start designing and building heavy vessels such as aircraft carriers, a senior Iranian Navy commander announced on Wednesday.
Iran Navy Jamaran "Destroyer" is the largest Iranian built warship to date
(picture: Mehr)


Iran's first home-made destroyer, Jamaran 1, was launched in late February 2010. The Mowdge Class vessel has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and is armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.

The remarks by Maqsoudlou came as Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced yesterday that the country plans to build up a naval presence "near the maritime borders of the United States".

"Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to the American marine borders," Sayyari said.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Sayyari gave no details of when such a deployment could happen or the number or type of vessels to be used.

Sayyari had first declared on July 19 that Iran planned to send "a flotilla into the Atlantic".

Iran's naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, Iran's Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.