Iran plans to build new Mowj-Class Destroyers to boost its navy’s power for protecting the country’s interests, Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said.

Speaking at a ceremony in the Northern port city of Noshahr on Tuesday, Hatami said the new Mowj-class (Wave-class) destroyers will be built in the next few years.

He also praised Iran’s military experts for the production of indigenous Damavand destroyer.

He added that Damavand is the second generation of Jamaran destroyer and enjoys more sophisticated equipment and weapons and can carry a larger number of crew members.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

In September, the Iranian Navy announced plans to launch Damavand in the Caspian Sea.

“Damavand will soon join Iran’s naval fleet in the Caspian Sea,” the Navy’s top commander in Northern Iran Admiral Khordad Hakimi told reporters at the time.

In February, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Iran’s warships had been equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, adding that Damavand would join the country’s Caspian fleet in March.

“Iranian warships have been equipped with the most advanced technologies,” Sayyari told FNA.

Iran’s first home-made destroyer, Jamaran, was launched in late February 2010. The Mowj-Class vessel has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and is armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.