Sahand advanced destroyer joins Iran’s Navy fleet

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Tehran (ISNA) – The most advanced homegrown destroyer in Middle East, Jamaran-class Sahand destroyer officially joined Iran’s Navy fleet on Saturday.

During Today ceremony at Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas in Persian Gulf region, Sahand destroyer joined the country’s Navy fleet.

The launch ceremony was attended by Iran's Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, and other high-ranking military commanders.

Sahand’s offensive and defensive capability is two-fold comparing to Jamaran destroyer.

The most advanced homegrown destroyer in Middle East are designed and produced by Iranian Navy’s young specialists.

In producing Sahand destroyer, the weapons, radars and missiles on the advanced destroyer have been upgraded comparing to Jamaran destroyer.

Sahand has been equipped with a locally-manufactured point-defense weapon system dubbed ‘Kamand’.

The Kamand close-in weapon system can destroy any target approaching the destroyer from a distance of two kilometers by firing between 4,000 and 7,000 rounds per minute.

Sahand has also been furnished with anti-ship cruise missiles and a helicopter deck and enjoys electronic warfare systems.

The Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities.

"This vessel is the result of daring and creative design relying on the local technical knowledge of the Iranian Navy... and has been built with stealth capabilities," Rear-Admiral Alireza Sheikhi, head of the navy shipyards that built the destroyer.

Separately, a naval commander said Sahand may be among warships that Iran plans to send on a mission to Venezuela soon.

"Among our plans in the near future is to send two or three vessels with special helicopters to Venezuela in South America on a mission that could last five months," Iran's deputy navy commander, Rear-Admiral Touraj Hassani Moqaddam.

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