0521 GMT November 27, 2020
Commander of Iranian Navy Force Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said on Saturday that the vessel has special features and would join to Iran’s naval fleet next Iranian calendar year (starting March 21, 2021), Mehr News Agency reported.
Khanzadi said that construction of the warship has already begun.
“Shiraz” surveillance warship has the necessary capabilities in the field of radar detection and telecommunications, he said.
Referring to the high capabilities and potential of talented manpower in the Iranian Navy, he said, “Today, the country’s Navy Force has reached a level of capability that is able to meet its needs in the country.”
The naval fleet of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) also received a domestically-built oceangoing warship capable of carrying aircraft, drones and missile defense systems, according to Press TV.
The heavyweight, multipurpose vessel, which has been designed for long sea journeys, joined the IRGC’s Navy during a ceremony on Thursday.
The 4,000-ton warship, which is 150 meters long and 22 meters wide, can carry different types of aircraft, drones, helicopters and operational vessels as well as missile, air defense and radar systems.
The vessel is equipped with three-dimensional phased-array radars, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, advanced communication systems for electronic warfare, and a Khordad 3 air defense system, all of which are designed and put into operation by Iranian experts.