TEHRAN: Iran has announced it plans to build unmanned submarines to protect the country’s territorial waters.
“This issue is on our agenda like other issues and cases,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told Fars News Agency when asked if the Iranian Navy has plans to build unmanned submarines and other types of unmanned underwater vehicles.
The Iranian commander didn’t provide any further details on the project.
Earlier in September, Sayyari announced that the Iranian Navy’s new homemade submarine, Fateh, will be launched this year. “Based on the Navy’s plans, the Fateh submarine will be launched this year [i.e. the Iranian year March 2013-March 2014),” Sayyari told reporters in Tehran.
Sayyari had earlier this year informed of the country’s plan for unveiling the new submarine. “Fateh submarine, Kaman-class missile-launcher warships and Jamaran 2 destroyer will come into operation in the current year,” he told reporters.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems. In September 2012, the Iranian Navy officially launched a heavy submarine after the subsurface vessel was overhauled by the country’s experts.