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.
Iran's KILO Class subs
We're not talking about Cold War submarine tactics here; there's no need to be that subtle. If they manage to run silent, hammer 'em with active sonar until their fillings fall out and their ears bleed. What are they going to do about it?
It will make a nice reef.
Yes, this is a one shot deal and then it's on the bottom.
Bingo. Exactly how this should be viewed.
Close but not quite. Only when it runs on battery power will it be quite. It can move on battery power but the range is limited. These are the perfect weapon for use in the Persian Gulf. The Gulf is shallow. Makes using a nuke boat tough in the Gulf.
Actually, there may be evidence that it was run down by another ship, going to the aid of the one it sank. Earlier, though, the Hunley did go through a couple of crews during development, iirc.
Yep. Another interesting side note from the article:
"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."
Ghadir(according to a quick google)was the site of the last message and pilgrimage of the 'prophet', where he chose his successor and hence first leader of the caliph. Seems to be a bone of contention between the sunnis and shia as to what the Ghadir passage in the Quran means.
So, in essense, Iran is thumbing it's nose to the Sunnis naming this submarine Ghadir.
Same is true with a bus. :-)
The hull looks noisy in the pics. Without going into detail, just think of what you would not want on the bottom of your bass boat. Shallow water creates problems, too, from an OPFOR standpoint.
They actually ran better if you used Alka Seltzer instead of baking powder. Went up and down like crazy!
The Italians sent in swimmers running what amounted to an over sized torpedo and attached limpet mines to the hulls of 2 or three ships.
For those who sport fish the Sea of Oman I would suggest for trolling use an ABU GARCIA 5000 with at least 20 pound test line and a deep diving white with black spots BOMBER bait.
You might be lucky enough to get a strike from one of these aquatic freaks and if so play it slowly, boat it, take picture and throw back and try again you might get something worthwhile on your next cast!
One thing I overlooked, be sure to have your reel brake set properly so as not to break you line while in the retreaving mode, after all they are somewhat cumbersome.
I wish you good success and have fun.
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I remember playing with the frogmen too! They looked so cool on the commercials...
Suicide is a major component in Iran's military strategy. They used it to 'some' success in their war with Iraq. Think of Iran's military-mentally as you would of Japan's... after the debut of the Kamakaze.
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