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Iranian subs to be fitted with missiles
Sun, 01 May 2011 14:02:57 GMT
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Deputy Commander of Iran's naval forces Admiral Farhad Amiri
Deputy Commander of Iran's naval forces Admiral Farhad Amiri says the Navy's subsurface vessels will be outfitted with missiles in the near future.

“Using torpedoes has its own associated limitations,”...“We are moving toward equipping our submarines with missile launching systems,” Amiri was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying on Sunday.

The high-ranking naval commander also hailed Iran's peculiar achievements in non-conventional warfare and said the country's enemies were surprised by its progress in asymmetric tactics.

“For example, some of our speedboats are able to locate and fire missiles at targets while moving at speeds as high as 50 to 60 knots (100 km per hour),” Amiri said.

Last month, the commander announced plans to manufacture and deploy new 500-ton submarines to patrol the country's southern coasts.

In recent years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that Tehran's defense doctrine is based on deterrence only.

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