Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, the Iranian defense minister, told reporters Monday that domestic engineers were prepared for an August launch of their latest high-tech submarine class, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reports.
"The submarine enjoys advanced technology, high power of maneuvering and underwater operations and is equipped with high-tech weapons," he said.
Iran in 2009 unveiled around 20 new military devices, including laser systems and electronic warfare devices. A 40mm anti-cruise cannon dubbed Fath was reportedly capable of reaching targets as far as 7 miles away with a firing rate of 300 rounds per minute.
Iran commissioned three new Ghadir-class submarines for its naval fleet last year, bringing the total number of the sonar-evading vessels to seven.
The Ghadir class is a smaller vessel with a displacement of around 120 tons. Fars in 2007 said the Ghadir class was equipped with stealth technology.
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