Iran to Build Multiple-hull Destroyer this Year

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  • 04:35 AM, April 5, 2020
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Iran to Build Multiple-hull Destroyer this Year
Iranian Navy's Gilan vessel: file photo

Iran’s Defense Ministry plans to start the construction of a 6,000-ton destroyer this year which will be a trimaran ship – a vessel consisting of multiple hulls – equipped with “very special capabilities”.

“This destroyer will extend the capabilities of the Iranian Navy for longer operations in the seas with very special defensive and offensive capabilities,” Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, head of Defense Ministry's Marine Industries Organization said in an interview to the Mehr News Agency Saturday.

The ship can “conduct operations for at least two months without docking for supplies”, he added.

Rastegari expressed hope that the construction of the vessel is expected to start this year.

Rastegari said Iran has the capability to produce nuclear submarines. “Thankfully we have acquired such a knowhow and capability,” he said, adding, however, that “we have not yet received orders" to produce nuclear submarines.

The rear admiral stressed that the production of nuclear-powered submarines does not go against Iran's commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal.

The country also has plans to develop fast attack craft with a speed of 170 kmph

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