Iran Adds Two Shallow-Water Submarines to Naval Fleet

From the ceremony (Photo: AP)

The Iranian Navy has acquired two new mini-submarines designed for operations in shallow waters such as the Persian Gulf, Iran's state TV reported on Thursday.

The submarines were unveiled during a ceremony at the southern port of Bandar Abbas, attended by The Commander of Iranian Navy, Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi.

While Iran does not disclose the total number of submarines in its fleet, it is believed to have some 12 light and three Russian-made submarines.

The Ghadir-955 and Ghadir-942 midget submarines have sonar-evading technology and can launch missiles from underwater, as well as fire torpedoes and drop naval mines.

Midget submarines weigh less than 150 tons and are used for short missions, with no living accommodations for a crew of up to nine.


[Source: The New York Times]