Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced that the country’s most state-of-the-art destroyer, ‘Sahand’, will be launched in the near future, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
“Some defense systems are being mounted now on destroyer Sahand and the vessel will be put into operation soon,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi told reporters in Tehran.
He added that naval tests have been conducted on Sahand destroyer before the start of the new Iranian year (March 21).
In relevant remarks in November, Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that Sahand would be launched in the next Iranian year (started on March 21, 2018).
“Sahand will join the Navy next year,” Rear Admiral Sayyari, Iran’s former Navy Commander, was quoted as saying by the Iranian media.
He added that a new missile-launching warship named ‘Separ (Shield)’ will join the Navy on December 4.
Rear Admiral Sayyari also said that the Navy experts are now working on a new destroyer named ‘Shiraz’ which will be launched after Sahand.
Also in the same month, Rear Admiral Khanzadi announced the country's plans to launch a new home-made missile-launching warship.
“The missile-launching warship named Separ will be launched in the Caspian Sea on the occasion of the Navy Day in Iran (November 28)”, he said.
He also announced that a number of overhauled helicopters and vessels will join the Navy in the near future.