Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi says Iran plans to unveil its first domestically-made carrier vessel capable of carrying helicopters, drones, missiles and other warfare equipment in the near future.
Khanzadi, who was addressing an event in the Iranian southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Tuesday, said the vessel, named the Persian Gulf, is slated to join the country’s naval fleet in November.
The Iranian commander said that the vessel can sail around the Earth three times with just one single refueling.
Describing Iran’s Navy as a symbol of the country’s might in the international waters, Khanzadi said a series of other indigenous naval achievements, including the oceangoing Dena destroyer, will also be unveiled during the next few months.
The Navy will also unveil its first minesweeper next month.
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.
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