The Commander of the Iranian Navy said on Thursday that the developing nuclear submarines is on the agenda of the force, MEHR News agency reported.
“Using nuclear propulsion in submarines is a domestic capability that exists in the Defense Ministry for the production of submarines bigger than Fateh and, certainly, the development of submarine propulsion is on the agenda of the Navy,” Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said.
“The stance of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards nuclear energy is clear and defined and the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has many times highlighted its peaceful nature,” he added.
All the country’s organizations are moving in the defined framework regarding the nuclear program, he said, adding that “none of the international pacts ban using peaceful nuclear energy but the peace we are talking about doesn’t find meaning without maintaining defense readiness.”
“When there is no deterrence and readiness for a defense, no peace and stability will be established. Therefore, the Armed Forces of the country are present to ensure sustainable peace.”
Fateh submarine joined Iran’s naval fleet in February 2019. The home-made submarine was produced with the cooperation of more than 120 industrial centers, 80 knowledge-based companies, and 57 universities as well as 195 research centers.
Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi voiced Iran’s readiness to boost bilateral ties with countries around the Caspian Sea.
“The Caspian Sea is the sea of peace and friendship and we can share our military tactics with our neighbors in this region. We are fully ready to expand ties with neighboring and friend countries,” he said on Wednesday while paying a visit to a naval fleet in northern Iran.
During his speech addressed to the naval staff, he pointed to the importance of Iran’s strong presence in the world’s biggest lake.
In late December 2019, the Commander had expressed Iran’s readiness to stage joint naval drills in the Caspian Sea with regional countries. His remarks came after a joint drill held by Iran, Russia, and China in the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman.
Khanzadi also paid a visit to various projects of the Navy on Wednesday including the rebuilding and equipping of Damavand destroyer.
In late November 2019, the Navy Commander said that Damavand destroyer will be equipped with advanced ‘Eagle Eye’ radars. He said that Damavand destroyer has been redesigned in accordance with the Caspian Sea conditions. Khanzadi added that Damavand has two engine houses now in which there are four engines each in comparison with the former design that had only one engine house.
In another development, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled Wednesday a homegrown device capable of detecting the coronavirus named “MOSTA’AN”.
The unveiling ceremony was held in the presence of IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami, Commander of Basij Volunteer Forces Brigadier General Gholamreza Soleimani, IRGC Deputy Chief for Medical Training and Health Affairs Brigadier General Dr. Ahmad Abdollahi and Commander of Baqiatallah University of Medical Sciences Dr. Jalali.