The country’s state-of-the-art training destroyer, equipped with modern radar, electronic and reconnaissance systems, was delivered to the Iranian naval forces stationed in the northern port city of Anzali in a ceremony on Monday.
High-ranking Iranian officials, including Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani, Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the event, Shamkhani described the Caspian Sea as a sea of peace and friendship, saying the Islamic Republic has played a unique role in providing security, particularly energy security in the sea.
The Caspian Sea is bounded by Kazakhstan, Russia, Azerbaijan Republic, Iran, and Turkmenistan
Also Sayyari said Damavand is a Jamaran-class destroyer which is more sophisticated than Jamaran.
Earlier in May 204, Sayyari said the Damavand destroyer is equipped with advanced sea-launched drones as well as cruise missiles.
The Iranian commander said that efforts have been made to employ cutting-edge technology in building the destroyer, stressing that Damavand would also be equipped with more advanced cruise missiles than those of domestically designed and built Jamaran destroyer.
The Iranian Navy launched its first domestically-built destroyer, Jamaran, in the waters of the Persian Gulf in February 2010.
The 1,420-ton destroyer is equipped with modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities and has a top speed of up to 30 knots and a helipad.
The vessel, equipped with torpedoes and modern naval cannons, also features highly advanced anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-subsurface missile systems.
Damavand, however, is longer but lighter than Jamaran destroyer and is capable of tracking and targeting aerial, surface and sub-surface targets simultaneously.
It is equipped with a cruise missile system, torpedo launchers, 40-mm and 76-mm cannons, radar processing systems as well as tactical surface and aerial radars.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other states that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.