Monday, March 18, 2013

Iran's homemade destroyer sails into Caspian Sea

While a month back, Iran unveiled a new home-made combat aircraft, which officials say can evade radar, Iran has now launched a homemade destroyer in the Caspian Sea, according to state TV. The event marked first time Iran has launched a major warship in the oil-rich region.

The Jamaran-2 was inaugurated in the port city of Anzali on the Caspian Sea.

The 1420-ton warship, which is longer than a football field and can sail at 30 knots with a 20,000-horsepower engine, was put in the water near the northern port city of Bandar Anzali, about 150 miles northwest of Tehran, the Iranian media said.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the deployment was aimed at bolstering peace and friendship in the region.

The ship, named Jamaran 2, is equipped with advanced artillery and torpedo systems, can carry surface to air missiles and has a helicopter landing pad.

via BBC News
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