TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran Saturday launched a productionline of
torpedoes in order to promote its defense capability at seaas the United States
has recently escalated its threats on Tehran,the official IRNA news agency
Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said at the launch ceremony thatthe
production marked completion of "the Islamic Republic'sdefensive cycle at sea."
"Iran's marine units have now achieved an effective weapon witha
complicated and modern technology in confronting surface andunder-sea threats,"
Shamkhani said, adding the torpedoes could bemounted on helicopters, surface
vessels and submarines."Some of the important features of this weapon are
thepossibility to use it in shallow waters, without being spotted byradars, as
well as its extraordinarily high speed, while beingnotably cost-effective," he
Since mid-January, US President George W. Bush, Vice PresidentDick Cheney
and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have made harshcomments against Iran.
Iran has vowed to defend itself with deterrent power.