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Iranian Navy Unveils Advanced Underwater Vehicle & Vertical Take-Off Drone

By Nigar Bayramli December 5, 2023

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Iran showcased a remotely operated vehicle that can perform a range of naval activities independently, at the Iran Army Navy's exhibition of scientific and technological achievements held in Tehran on December 2, 2023. / Fararu News Website

The Iranian Army’s navy unveiled a remotely operated unmanned underwater vehicle and a vertical take-off drone at the Iran Army Navy’s exhibition of scientific and technological achievements on December 2, as reported by the Tasnim News Agency.

The homegrown vehicle, capable of detecting and destroying various types of underwater mines, has a human operator and can be deployed against both moored and bottom mines. It can operate for up to 24 hours at a depth of up to 200 meters below the surface.

The vehicle can address a range of underwater mines laid at depths of 10 to 50 meters, posing a threat to vessels as heavy as 250 tons. It is designed to carry cargo for mine destruction, serving as a valuable addition to the Army navy’s RH-53 mine-sweeping helicopters and minesweeping vessels like the Shahin mine-hunting vessel.

In 2013, the Iranian Navy introduced a mine-clearing system that used only electromagnetic signals to activate a naval mine’s detonator. A year later, they unveiled a new minesweeping kit that generates sonic and electromagnetic signals to remotely detonate naval mines, carried by RH naval helicopters.

At the same exhibition, the Chamrosh-4 drone was unveiled, featuring vertical launch capability and the ability to fly from various naval vessels. It is equipped to carry out assigned missions. Additionally, a smart unmanned hydroplane with a direct current (DC) motor was showcased during the event.

The exhibition in Tehran displayed a variety of seaborne weaponry, anti-ship missile systems, electronic warfare, telecommunication, and advanced domestically-produced parts. Iranian military experts and technicians have achieved self-sufficiency in producing a wide array of equipment, emphasizing their commitment to enhancing military capabilities, including missile and drone technology, despite Western sanctions and opposition from Israel.

Regarding the Fattah-2 missile system, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani rejected the European troika’s (E3) statement on December 1, describing it as “misleading, legally baseless, and politically motivated.” Kanani emphasized that UN restrictions on the Iranian missile program had expired on October 18 and defended Iran’s development of conventional missile capacity as a means of deterrence and based on defense needs.

The joint statement by the UK, France, and Germany on November 30 condemning Iran’s announcement of the Fattah-2 hypersonic missile was deemed unacceptable by Iran, with the missile unveiled by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) at a ceremony in Tehran on November 19.