Skip to comments.Iran commissions locally built submarine (PHOTOS)
Posted on 01/15/2006 4:30:21 AM PST by Khashayar
Iran on Sunday commissioned its second domestically built submarine, a craft that can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously, state-run radio reported.
The report said the submarine, named Ghadir, was Iran's second homemade submarine, and was unveiled during the third day of military maneuvers in southern Iran.
Iran's armed forces began their biggest military maneuvers Friday in the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean on Iran's territorial waters close to Pakistan and involved submarines, warships, missiles, jet fighters and gunships.
In May, Iran officially launched the production of the locally built submarine, claiming it was a stealth craft.
Its name, Ghadir, is derived from a site in the Arabian Peninsula holy to Shiite Muslims, the overwhelming majority of Iran's 69 million people.
Iran produces the Shahab-3 missile, capable of reaching Israel and U.S. forces stationed in the region. Since 1992, it also has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and a fighter plane.
Guys, the talk about the depth of the water brings something else to mind:
Visibility from above using radar/laser for non-acoustical detection.
These mini subs are good for only one thing: suicide missions. To use on of these to take out a oil tanker would be a waste of submarine.
"These mini subs are good for only one thing: suicide missions."
Fits the Islamist MO. Thanks for the ping.
LOL! Dufus on another secret trip to Cambodia.
Depends. If it's running on batteries, it's probably fairly quite. It won't be going all the fast, so flow noise won't be much of a factor, and electric motors are pretty quiet. However, if it's running on the surface, or snorting its diesels while at periscope depth, it's toast. If we are deaf and can't hear it, the radar in the P-3 and various helicopters will see it. Then they'll kill it.
Looks like a tiny little toy diesel boat to me :)
One MK 48 will make mincemeat out of it :)
Exactly. The Iranians might get in one good hit before we start dropping sonar buoys and make the whole Persian Gulf louder than section A at a Metallica concert. It's not easy for one side to hide a sub if the other side feels no need to hide.
Ok this just a thouht..but what if they can mass produce these small limited use subs like the Japanese dis in WWII the use them in the gulf as a "wolf Pack to attach shipping. Also how big are these things? From what I could see they are fairly small..could they be placed in a Cargo Container. Imagine a few of these launched just before it's Mother Ship makes for port. As I said just a thought....
I've seen more powerful subs in a game of Battleship.
China will be watching closely and taking notes.
Are we sure that isn't a Japanese mini-sub from WW2 that's been rehabbed???
Wonder how long they've had these. Look at the picture - - looks pretty rusty around the water's edge.....
Every time this picture is posted, I can't get over how leaky the periscope seals are. It couldn't need more than 30 psi to run that thing up. I wonder if the rest of the sub is built to these same exacting standards. To detect it we could just follow the oil slick.
It's green camoflage to blend in with the forest......
You do realize, do you not, that the people of Iran are NOT the same as the crazy tyrants who are currently oppressing them? You make yourself look pretty foolish, if not uncivilized, when you wish death to all Iranians.
I wish no such thing. The point is that onceevents are set in motion they develope a momemtum of their own. Most of the people killed in WWII were civilians who had very little to do with the policies that started the war. The Iranian people my be wonderful but they are going along with their currrent govt. They are no where near rising up against the Mullahs because of their own nationalism. This will lead to war. And war doesn't care about individuals, it steamrolls the guilty and innocent equally. So fine distinctions over policy orinterpretations of the nature of societies, these are banal in the face of the violence that ensues. 9-11 came very close to me and my family... therefore I have a vengence that others do not. But fear not that this vengence is hard to come by for once awakened it spreads like wildfire