Iran to build 80-knot speedboats

March 12, 2016 - 0:0

TEHRAN – The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Naval Force has said the Islamic Republic plans to start building high-speed vessels capable of cruising as fast as 80 knots per hour.

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said on Thursday that Iran will commence the project in the next Iranian-calendar year (to begin March 20), adding that Iran is fully ready to guard its maritime borders.

Fadavi made the remarks at a ceremony where the Defense Minister delivered tens of domestically-manufactured Ashoura-class and Zolfaqar-class speedboats as well as relief and aid vessels to the IRGC Naval Force.

Speaking during the same ceremony, Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan highlighted the IRGC Naval Force’s readiness to protect the country’s borders.

The defense minister said Iran is building up its naval capabilities to contribute to the establishment of regional peace and security.

“Iran’s military doctrine is based on effective deterrence, under which the Islamic Republic of Iran’s military might does not threaten any country and guarantees peace, stability and security,” Dehqan said.

Only aggressors have to worry about Iran’s military might, he underlined.

Dehqan called for further upgrade of the country’s naval military equipment in line with existing threats.