Iran: More than 100 domestically-built missile-launching speed boats join naval fleet
Iranian naval forces have received more than 100 missile-launching speed boats designed and manufactured by experts at home, in what will boost the Islamic Republic’s offensive power in the strategic Persian Gulf waters.
According to Press TV, during a ceremony on Thursday, 112 new-generation offensive speed boats of different classes were unveiled and delivered to the naval forces of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Enjoying hydrodynamic functional features, the boats are capable of sailing at a high speed, with a low radar cross-section (RCS) and a high level of offensive power, the IRGC’s Sepah News reported.
The event was attended by several high-ranking military officials, including Chief IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, and Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.
Gen. Salami: Defense doesn’t mean passivity against enemies
Addressing the ceremony, Major Gen. Salami hailed Iran’s significant progress in the defense sector, warning that the Islamic Republic will give a crushing response to enemies if threatened.
“The Islamic Republic has the determination. We will not bow to enemies. We will not retreat. Progress is the nature of our work. Defense is our logic in war but not in the sense of passivity against the enemy. Our operations and tactics are offensive and we have shown it in the battlefield,” he said.
The IRGC commander said that a key portion of Iran’s maritime power is still “unknown” to others.
“The most important and dangerous part of this power is unknown. Our enemies will see this power the day when they pursue an evil intention against this land. On that day, they will get to see the real firepower of our forces at the sea and in the sky, and the battlefield will turn into a hell for the enemies of Iran and Islam,” he warned.
Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and hardware despite facing US sanctions and Western economic pressure.
The Islamic Republic says its military power is solely for defensive purposes against enemy threats.