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Iran announced that it launched its second domestically produced submarine, equipped with an anti-sonar system that they claim is completely undetectable to sonar.
"This submarine is equipped with advanced weapons and electronics systems. It has been developed in the last decade by [Iranian] scientists and engineers," a TV program quoted Navy commander, Admiral Habib Sayyari, as saying....
... In a separate development, Iran, which received no invitation to the Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, announced on Tuesday that it had produced a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). The missile's range would allow it to reach Israel, as well as United States military bases in the Middle East.
The diesel submarine is the last of three Russian models purchased as part of a program by Iran to modernize its naval forces.
''It's not like we're not concerned, because if they were used they could create havoc,'' the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said on Monday. ''Iran could use the submarines for attacks on tankers or for mine-laying operations.''
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DEBKAfile’s military sources report the Iranian Navy is in the process of deploying two submarine fleets – mini-subs in PersianPersian GulfGulf waters for attacks on US shipping and Gulf oil facilities, and the long-range Kilo class sub of Russian, Chinese and home manufacture, for long-range targets in the Mediterranean, such as the US Sixth Fleet and Israel coastal towns, primarily Tel Aviv....
... military sources note that Iran’s strategic thinking has undergone a change. Hitherto, the rulers of Tehran viewed the blockage of the narrow waterway to shipping that carries one-third of the world’s oil needs, as its most effective reprisal for a military attack. They have revised their thinking for two reasons: First, Iran has made great strides in expanding its influence in Gulf oil states and an assault on their sole source of revenue would win more enemies than friends.
Ewen MacAskill – The Guardian Monday August 28, 2006
Iran test-fired a long-range missile from a submarine in the Persian Gulf yesterday.
Iranian state television carried a video clip showing the missile being launched and hitting a target.
The show of military strength came less than 24 hours after the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, formally opened a heavy water plant.
An Iranian navy commander, Sajjad Kouchaki, quoted on the broadcast, described the missile as Iranian-built, "with a very high speed and destructive power. It is also radar-evading."