IRGC Commander: Iran to Unveil Unique Aircraft Carrier in Near Future
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that his country has started constructing a new generation aircraft carrier different from the existing ones in the world.
Rear Admiral Tangsiri stated on Friday that Iran is working to build an aircraft carrier with no par across the globe.
"One of our most important plans is to construct an aircraft carrier. This ship will be unique in the world," the senior commander noted, adding that the carrier will come out with unprecendented capbilities.
He added the Iranian-made ship is capable of both carrying aircraft and a number of missile launchers on board.
Based on the experience achieved in building earlier models of warships, Iran will develop new-generation vessels in the future, the military official continued.
The navy chief praised the progress of Iran’s defense sector in various fields, stressing that the country has designed and developed military hardware that would befit any war scenario.
“In maritime warfare, every scenario has been carefully thought out so that the appropriate weapons are available to the forces in accordance with any threats,” he continued.
Back in early-March, an oceangoing warship, known as mobile naval city capable of carrying helicopters and drones, joined the fleet of the IRGC Navy.
The domestically-developed ship, named Martyr Mahdavi, provides the IRGC a large and floating base from which to run the small and fast boats, helicopters and various types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The ship can cruise in faraway waters and ensure the security of the Iranian trade vessels in high seas.
The oceangoing warship is 240 meters in length and 32 meters in width and weighs 14,000 tons and has a load capacity of 41,000 tons. It has been equipped with a 3-dimensional phased array radar, sea-to-sea and sea-to-air missiles, advanced communication systems for electronic warfare, and cruise missiles with a range of 700km. It is capable of carrying helicopters and drones. (READ MORE)
The Islamic Republic’s military doctrine holds that the country’s armed capability solely serves defensive purposes.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made substantial headway in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the weaponry sphere.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the country will not hesitate to boost its military capabilities, including its missile and drone power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will never be subject to negotiation.