Iran Building New Torpedo to Increase its Naval Power

FNA26.11.2014 MENA
Iran Building New Torpedo to Increase its Naval Power

Iran Building New Torpedo to Increase its Naval Power

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Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (photo) announced that his country’s military experts are manufacturing a new home-made torpedo which can be fired from different vessels and aircraft, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.

“We have built a torpedo whose testing stages have ended and it increases the Navy's power in war against submarines,” Sayyari said.

“At present, we cannot speak about the specifications of this torpedo but the weapon can be fired by warships, submarines or from the air,” he added.

Elsewhere, Sayyari said that the Navy warships deployed in the international waters rescued an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden after fierce battle with pirates.

The timely presence and action of the Iranian Navy Forces thwarted an attack by a pirate ferry and a speed boat on an Iranian oil tanker in the entrance of the Gulf of Aden, and forced the pirates to flee the scene with heavy casualties, he added.

Sayyari had also earlier announced that his force had test-fired a newly-developed home-made torpedo successfully.

“The torpedo can be fired by submarines, vessels and air defense systems,” Sayyari said.

Sayyari further stated that the torpedo would be used in action in upcoming navy drills in coming months.

Senior Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) officials announced in May that the IRGC Navy is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and vessels, and is one of the only two world military forces equipped with a unique torpedo which moves with unbelievable velocity.

Speaking to FNA, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said when the home-made missile/torpedo, Hout, was displayed in a series of wargames a few years ago, over 2,000 world media covered the news.

He said the speed of the missile is 100 meters per second (360km/h) under water.

The Admiral explained that the gruesome weapon has originally been made by the Russians, adding that Americans have spent a sum of 20 billion dollars in 15 years to develop its technology, but failed.

Source: FNA



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