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.
actually, it would be deadly against *oil tankers* which is
why it was probably built, an attempt to block the straits of
No, I don't think so!
kill em all
"What is this?"
I don't know - you tell me. As I said, I'm no expert; however, it does bear a remarkable resemblance to the waterborne version of one of those little cars in the circus from which emerge fifteen or twenty clowns all shooting seltzer bottles at one another.
Naw, it's just a washing machine, a large one for very dirty clothes.
Yes, no doubt the ejection of one water balloon would be adequately counteracted by the firing of one seltzer bottle.
"The Japs & the Nazi's both had small, suicide-subs. Think of this as an underwater version of what hit the USS Cole."
Exactly my thoughts as well. I also see Iran making suitcase or smaller nukes with their nuclear technology and not neccessarily the missile guided big ones....better for terrorism that way.
Naw, post #24 says it all!!
Well, I wondered why you inserted your comment when you are no expert!
What do you mean by ALL?
I hope our sonar guys don't wind up hurting their ears listening to the noise levels this thing is going to produce...
This thing looks pretty small, more like a research vessel than a weapons platform. Of course, it is big enough to pack with explosives or a nuclear weapon to send on a suicide mission. Kind of like a manned mine. Hmmmm...
Stop!! I'm running out of keyboards.
Now there's a deadly sub, creates its own fuel!
Why build a full sized sub for that?
It would be a waste of crew and material. (Cuts down on the peak load demand for lots of 72 virgins, too. )
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.