A senior Iranian naval commander says Iran is set to launch a new indigenous destroyer called Shaheed Bayandor in line with efforts to boost naval capabilities.
Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Saturday that the destroyer will officially join the Iranian naval fleet by next month.
Sayyari added that the new destroyer has new features, which will be unveiled during the launch of the vessel.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Iran's Navy launched the indigenous Jamaran 2 destroyer in the Caspian Sea near the northern port city of Bandar Anzali on March 16, 2013.
Jamaran-2, a Mowj-class warship, has been designed and built by Iranian experts and has state-of-the-art navigation equipment and complex defensive systems.
The Iranian Navy launched its first destroyer, Jamaran, in the waters of the Persian Gulf in February 2010. The 1,420-ton vessel is equipped with modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities.
Tehran has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other states, insisting that the country’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.