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Iranian Damavand destroyer equipped with UAVs, cruise missiles

May 11, 2014

Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country's state-of-the-art Damavand destroyer has been equipped with advanced sea-launched drones as well as cruise missiles. "We have been making use of sea-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology in the (Iranian) Navy, and have now managed to equip Damavand destroyer - which is undergoing final tests - with reconnaissance and combat drones," Sayyari said on Friday. He added that further details about the drones will be released once the destroyer is unveiled. Sayyari also stated that efforts have been made to employ cutting-edge technology in building Damavand destroyer, underlining that Damavand will be also equipped with more advanced cruise missiles than those of domestically designed and built Jamaran destroyer. The Iranian Navy launched Jamaran, its first indigenously-built destroyer, in the waters of the Persian Gulf in February 2010. The 1,420-ton destroyer is equipped with modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities and has a top speed of up to 30 knots and a helipad. The vessel, equipped with torpedoes and modern naval cannons, also features highly advanced anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-subsurface missile systems. Damavand destroyer, however, is longer but lighter than Jamaran and is capable of tracking and targeting aerial, surface and sub-surface targets simultaneously. It is equipped with a cruise missile system, torpedo launchers, 40-mm and 76-mm cannons, radar processing systems as well as tactical surface and aerial radars. In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other states that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic's defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence. MP/HJL/SS

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Source: Press TV (Iran)

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