TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Iranian Navy on Wednesday unveiled several new military systems, equipment, and projects, including a homegrown type of torpedo fuel that only the US had the technical know-how to make.
In a ceremony in Tehran, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi unveiled nine new achievements of local experts and officers.
The products include a system for testing lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes, called Mersad, which facilitates the weapon preparation process to a great extent.
Among the other products were a testing system used for checking all parts of Ra’d (thunder) missile system, a digital auto-pilot system for guiding torpedoes, and a naval battle simulator.
The Navy commander also unveiled an advanced homegrown fuel that propels torpedoes with combustion engines. Burning without any need for oxygen, such fuel allows for the extension of range of the weapon. Only the US had the know-how to produce the fuel.
Another item put on display in the event was a high-tech material used for coating various military vessels and structures. Developed by Iranian nanotechnology experts, the new material greatly improves durability of equipment and reduces maintenance costs.
The Navy also unveiled the design of an unmanned, remote-controlled boat used for electronic warfare.
The event came one day after a group of commanders met with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on the National Navy Day.
In the gathering, the Leader urged the Navy to enhance its capabilities, both in terms of military gear and combat power, and address its shortcomings by making use of the facilities available in various sectors of the country.
In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in high seas to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers against pirates.