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Iran to install hypersonic missile on Damavand-2 destroyer: Navy chief

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani (Photo by IRNA)

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani says a hypersonic missile will be installed on Iran’s homegrown Damavand-2 destroyer that will join the Navy in the near future.

On Monday, Irani said the Damavand-2 destroyer will be equipped with “defensive and offensive missiles.”

“All defensive equipment installed on Damavand-2 destroyer is completely up-to-date,” he stated.

Irani stressed that Damavand is equipped with cutting-edge means in all fields, including the latest reconnaissance and combat systems.

He also announced, “All the equipment installed on all other destroyers will be updated over time.”

According to media reports, the Damavand-2 destroyer will join the Navy’s northern fleet in the Caspian Sea.

The Damavand-2, which is an advanced type of Jamaran destroyer, is equipped with new radar and missile systems, as well as propulsion and weaponry systems thanks to cooperation between the Defense Ministry, the Iranian Navy, and the knowledge-based companies, the reports added.

Damavand-1, a 100-meter-long destroyer weighing more than 1,300 tons, officially joined the Iranian Navy’s northern fleet in March 2015.

Three years later, however, the frigate collided with a breakwater while docking at the Caspian port of Bandar Anzali and sank there.

It was recovered from the sea and entered the operational cycle, with new pictures showing that it is equipped with an anti-ship cruise missile launcher and a 76mm gun.

Iran’s Navy has in recent years achieved self-sufficiency in manufacturing surface and sub-surface vessels.

It has also increased its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.

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