Iranian Navy launches UAVs from Russian made submarine and warships

According to information published by Tasnim News Agency on July 15, 2022, the Iranian Navy unveiled its first division of watercraft carrying various military unmanned aerial vehicles.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 UAV launched from the Kilo-class attack submarine IRIS Taregh (Picture source: Tasnimnews)

The naval division, which joined the Iranian Navy’s southern fleet, consists of military ships and submarines carrying a broad range of combat, reconnaissance, and suicide drones.

The event was attended by Iran’s Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi.

The UAVs on board the naval division include advanced aircraft manufactured by the Iranian Army and the Defense Ministry in cooperation with the knowledge-based centers, including Pelican, Homa, Arash, Chamrosh, Jubin, Ababil-4, and Bavar-5 drones, which flew over the Indian Ocean waters.

Apart from various types of Iranian sea-based drones that flew in the event, a number of vertical take-offs and landing (VTOL) combat drones went into the air from the homegrown Fateh and Tareq submarines.

About the Iranian Kilo-class submarine Taregh

IRIS Taregh or Tareq is the first Kilo-class attack submarine of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, serving in the Southern Fleet. The submarine is part of the 33rd Flotilla, along with two other vessels.

Her keel was laid down at Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg in the same year. She was launched in 1991 and was commissioned on 21 November 1992 at the naval base in Bandar Abbas. Taregh was transferred to Iran via sailing in the Baltic Sea by a Russian crew, which began in October 1992.

The submarine has a length of 72.6 m (238 ft 2 in-, a beam of 9.9 m (32 ft 6 in), and a draft of 6.6 m (21 ft 8 in). She has a displacement of 2,356 tons surfaced and 3,076 tons submerged.

She can reach a top speed of 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced, 9 knots (17 km/h) in snorkel mode, and 17 knots (31 km/h) submerged. She can carry up a complement of 53 sailors.

The Iranian submarine is armed with eighteen torpedoes, twenty-four mines in lieu of torpedo tubes, and cruise missiles.