The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) appears to be replicating the capabilities of the naval wing of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) by arming more of its small vessels with anti-ship missiles.
While this could indicate that the IRIN is receiving more resources so it can turn existing vessels into more capable attack platforms, it also seems to be suffering delays in its frigate and fast attack craft (FAC) construction programmes.
The up-armed IRIN patrol boats were displayed to the Iranian media during a ceremony held at Bandar Abbas on 1 December. The photographs of the event showed six vessels with canisters for launching anti-ship missiles: the Hendijan-class tenders Sirik (1402) and Kalat (1407), the Kayvan-class patrol boats Tiran (202) andMahan (204), and the Parvin-class patrol boats Parvin (211) and Bahram (212). […]