Iran Launches “Cruise Missile-Equipped” Submarine

The domestically-built Fateh-class submarine is also equipped with naval mines and torpedoes. The Iranian Defense Ministry’s Marine Industries Organization also plans to build a 6,500-ton destroyer

Iran has unveiled a new domestically-produced missile submarine capable of firing cruise missiles, local media reported. 

The new vessel, named Fateh (Farsi for Conqueror) was launched by President Hassan Rouhani in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas. 

The submarine weighs 600 tons and is armed with torpedoes, naval mines and cruise missiles that can be launched from a submerged position, state-owned Press TV said.

Fars News added that the vessel can operate more than 200 meters below sea level for up to 35 days.

The Iranian navy already possesses at least three Russian-built Kilo-class attack submarines and homegrown midget submarines. 

According to Fars News, the new submarine is Iran's first in the semi-heavy category, filling a gap between the light Ghadir-class and the heavy Kilo-class submarines.

Also on Sunday, the head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Marine Industries Organization Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari said construction of a heavy destroyer weighing 6,500 tons is on the agenda of the organization, according to Tasnim News.

A video of the launch can be viewed on parstoday.com.

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