Expanding IRGC Navy Overseas Capabilities: Commander

In an interview with Tasnim, Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri said the IRGC Navy embarked on the production of ocean-going ships to protect Iran’s interests in communications and international relations.

A failure to protect the interests of the Islamic Republic across the world will expose them to piracy and organized banditry, he warned.

The commander said the IRGC Navy provided the warship “Shahid Rudaki” to keep it in a state of presence in international waters.

The Islamic Republic must protect its interests against its enemies as the world follows the law of the jungle, Rear Admiral Tangsiri said, adding that local warships can extend the operational depth of the IRGC Navy in the waters distant.

Alluding to constant efforts to upgrade the IRGC Navy’s combat equipment in accordance with special operational strategies, the commander said various items have joined the IRGC Navy’s fleet in eight stages over the past two years, including light and ocean-going vessels, drones, unmanned surface vessels. (USV), electronic warfare equipment, missile systems and smart submarines.

In November 2020, the IRGC Navy unveiled plans to send a flotilla of military vessels, including its first ocean-going warship, to the northern parts of the Indian Ocean.

The IRGC’s ocean-going warship, 150 meters long and weighing 4,000 tons, is a versatile vessel for long-range operations. It is equipped with missiles, air defense systems and radars.

The Rudaki warship was equipped with three-dimensional phased array radar, sea-to-sea and sea-to-air missiles, advanced communications systems for electronic warfare and the “Khordad 3rd” missile system.

The military ship is capable of carrying helicopters, drones and attack boats.

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