TEHRAN – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps naval unit will be outfitted with three new warships during the current Iranian year, which ends on March 20, 2022.
Speaking at a cultural ceremony in Tehran on Sunday, IRGC naval chief Alireza Tangsiri said one of the warships would have the capacity to launch missiles with a range of 300 kilometers.
Rear Admiral Tangsiri said the IRGC and the Defense Ministry are cooperatively building two forward warships named after two martyrs, General Mohammad Nazeri and Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
The Nazeri warship will be 55 meters long and the Soleimani 65 meters, he explained.
Another military vessel is being built by a knowledge-based company, the commander said. The ship, which is equipped with sea-to-air missiles with a range of 300 km, can carry helicopters and reach speeds of 35 knots, Tasnim reported.
Last week, IRGC commander Major General Hossein Salami said his forces had obtained modern naval technologies and had succeeded in improving the quality of combat ships.
“The ships that constitute the true nature of our tactics have strategic messages at sea,” he noted, adding that the process of improving the capabilities of the IRGC is unstoppable.