Iran’s Revolutionary Guards plans to upgrade their speed boats in the Gulf with radar-evading stealth technology and new missile launchers.
“We are trying to increase the agility of the Guards’ speed boats and equip them with stealth technology to facilitate their operations,” Alireza Tangsiri, the Revolutionary Guards’ navy chief, was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.
Tangsiri added that the speed boats will be equipped with new missiles, and their speed will reach 80 knots.
Tensions between Iran and the US have been fueled by the arrival of the USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group in the Gulf, after a long absence of US aircraft carriers in the region.
The chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Baqeri, told reporters on December 30, 2018, that the presence of US forces in the Persian Gulf only fuels insecurity.
Previously, the commander of the IRGC, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said that the USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group arrival in the Persian Gulf is aimed “at deceiving the regional states and pretending that they establish security for these countries.”