I agree with the overall assessment of Fritz on this. It will indeed be along time before Western sponsored Arab nations can stand on their own
This is a public propaganda article This submarine is not suited to deep water operations. Also with only two torpedo tubes...firing a missile and
torpedo both is not a miracle. Missiles are fired from torpedo tubes just as are torpedoes...by a blast of pressurized water...only to activate some
distance from the boat.
There was an article posted on ATS some years ago about the early prototype for this boat. Perhaps I can find it.
There are three or four photos of the submarine in this link.
this is the comment I made on the next page concerning this boat.
I will add that what you are looking at here is one of the people coming out of the boat is today Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When these
pictures were taken he was not president.
The photo0 of him coming out of the hatch and someone else standing on the sail portion next to one of the masts....Look at what appears to be a
yellow rope tied to the green handrail. This is an extension chord for shore power or at best a sound powered phone line. Not real smart if you have
ever had experience with this.
As this boat in the photos is an early first generation boat..I hope they have solved this problem by now. An extension chord running through a hatch
is a good way to get a short and damage critical hatch seating surfaces. I had to laugh when seeing those photos for the first time. But one must
begin somewhere in the submarine business.
My reply to what was in the photos.
Oh and one more thing ...go to Google Earth ..those of you who can access it. While the photos are not current I recommend you type in Bandar Abbas,
Iran and then click search.
What you are looking at is a large man made port facility. Scan to the right inside the port where the military ships are docked and also there are
dry dock facilities. You will see two ships lined up one behind the other in a dry dock. One with a very pointed bow section at the head of the dock
and one with a more blunt bow at the dry dock gate. Now look in the other dry dock to the right of this dock. There is a covered building inside the
dock. This is how many submarine operations/repairs are done..under complete covers. There appears to be a blue crane between the two dry docks which
can service both docks.
Scan to the right and you will see a floating dry dock with what appears to be a Kilo class submarine in it.
Keep scanning to the right past the four warships with the helicopter landing pads on them and you will see four small submarines tied up to the pier
facilities all the way to the right. Further on out to the middle of the bay you will also see a Kilo class submarine tied up to the pier.
As you scan back out of the close up..you can also see a large runway and air base. The helicopters appear to be based here when not out to sea.
Very interesting view of Bandar Abbas from Google Earth. Makes one wonder about real time state of the art photos...day and night vision