The Iranian Navy said it plans to unveil its first home-made semi-heavy submarine by mid March. Head of the Iranian Navy’s Industrial Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization Rear Admiral Ali Gholamzadeh said the watercraft will be put on display by March 20, 2014 (the start of the new Iranian year).

“Under adopted measures, many light submarines are currently being manufactured in the country,” Gholamzadeh added.

He further noted that Iran, relying on the knowledge and expertise of its own professionals, has managed to perform much better than countries globally renowned in the production and overhaul of various submarines, particularly the semi-heavy ones. […]