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Iran plans to build a 6000 ton destroyer ship for the its own Navy

TEHRAN, (BM) – Iran plans to build a destroyer ship weighing around 6,000 tons, said Admiral Amir Rastegari, Head of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) Maritime Industry Organization, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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Admiral Rastegari said that the ship size would allow to conduct long-distance patrols for up to two months, giving the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) strategic capabilities.

The largest warship currently being built by Iran is the Mawj frigate (referred to as a destroyer by IRIN), which is a local development of the Alvand-class light frigate and weighing around 1,400 tons.

The next ship to be built is the Dena frigate, which will join IRIN in the January – February 2021. According to the Admiral, Dena will be equipped with a vertical missile launch system, phased-array radar, major changes to the propulsion system, as well as a new communication system.

The Admiral added that the Kamand close-in weapon system would be attached to the entire fleet. Kamand’s profile is not yet clearly known, but there is speculation that the weapon originated from the Russian-made AK-630, a system that currently does not operate with IRIN.

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Admiral Rastegari said that IRIN had asked for another Mawj frigate, but apparently this had not been approved. This may be in addition to what is being built at Banda-e Anzali in the Caspian Sea to replace Damavand, which sank after crashing into a harbor breakwater in January 2018.

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