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Iran to unveil destroyer equipped with drones and cruise missiles

English.news.cn   2014-05-09 22:34:40

TEHRAN, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran will unveil home-made Damavand destroyer equipped with naval drones and cruise missiles, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Friday.

"We have been using drone technology in the navy for years, and we have now managed to equip Damavand destroyer with reconnaissance and combat UAVs," Sayyari told Tasnim News Agency.

The destroyer is undergoing final tests and more details will be released once it is unveiled, the Iranian navy commander was quoted as saying.

Efforts have been made to employ cutting-edge technology in building the Damavand destroyer, he said, adding that it is also equipped with advanced cruise missiles.

The Navy will unveil Damavand in the Caspian Sea by October, Sayyari told Tasnim.

Once the destroyer enters the operational cycle, Iranian navy will utilize it in different naval missions, the commander added.

Damavand destroyer is 100-meter long and weighs about 1,300 tons, according to the report.

The Iranian navy launched its first home-made destroyer, Jamaran, in the Persian Gulf in February 2010. Jamaran is equipped with modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities and has a top speed of up to 30 knots and a helipad.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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