Iran Inducts Its Most Advanced Indigenous Destroyer, Sahand

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (NEDAJA) has inducted its most advanced indigenous destroyer, named Sahand (74), into the Persian Gulf fleet during a ceremony at Bandar Abbas naval base on Dec. 1.

The vessel is the “most advanced military vessel” of the Navy and “has radar-evading stealth properties and can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply”, Iranian state TV reported.

The Sahand is the third of Mowj-class (Moudge-class, Moje-class) frigates built by Iran as a development of the Alvand-class frigate design. The class is described as destroyers by the Iranian state media but the size and weight of the ships; 1,500 ton displacement, are more in keeping with that of modern corvettes.

Sahand reportedly has enhanced operational capabilities and size compared to the first two vessels of the class, named Jamaran and Damavand, making it twice stronger in terms of offensive and defensive features.

The vessel is 96 meters (105 yards) long and can cruise at 25 knots. It has a helicopter flight deck, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities.

According to state TV report, the vessel can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply.

Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international sanctions and embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons.

In August, Iran unveiled its first domestically designed and manufactured fighter jet named Kowsar during a defense show in Tehran. Last Thursday, Iran’s navy acquired two new mini submarines designed for operations in shallow waters such as the Persian Gulf.

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