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November 27, 2013 12:58 pm

Report: Satellite Imagery Shows Iran Launching Biggest Submarine Yet in Persian Gulf

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A Russian-built, Kilo-class diesel submarine used by Iranian navy. Photo: wiki commons.

Iran has launched its Fateh-class submarine, the largest it has ever built, into the Persian Gulf, and is building a second at the Caspian port of Bandar Anzali, according to satellite imagery seen by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, which is publishing the photographs later on Wednesday.

Jane’s said that at about 48 meters, the Fateh-class is bigger than the largest subs built by North Korea, which is believed to have helped Iran produce its 29-meter Ghadir midget subs. The one being built at Bandar Anzali will also be the first submarine launched in the Caspian.

“This is another step in the militarization of the hydrocarbon-rich Caspian, where Iran has yet to come to an agreement with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan regarding their territorial boundaries,” Jane’s wrote.

The defense sector weekly said that Iran may be planning to unveil the new subs on Navy Day, November 28th, marking a naval victory over Iraq in 1980.

The unveiling would come just days after a U.S.-brokered international treaty lifted economic sanctions on the regime.

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  • That’s OK, The Egyptian built sub sunk at the launch site…..and never recovered…

    If this Iranian sub will be capable of launching nuclear weapons/missiles, we have some new targets to aim and destruct before they will be loaded……

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    I hope they don’t forget to close the doors.

    • I hope they will!

      • גרגורי אדלסטון

        Im sure a Dolfin can take it out in a jiffy and nobody would know. Just us and them. Haha

        • Iranian

          like 2006 war :)))))))))

          • ScottAdler

            Moron. The Hezbutts mercenaries had their asses kicked, which is why they haven’t fired a shot in seven years. One Hezbutt in eight was killed, an equal number wounded. They won’t release their casualty figures, but the graves and funeral notices can be counted.

          • We need Iranian power in the caspian

            Iran will check Russia. This is a good thing! As for the last war with Israel. Well–we all know what happened in 2006–it was the biggest defeat of Israel since it was created by big powers some 60 years ago–created to get rid of the “Jewish problem” in Europe.