| DEBKAFILE - November 30, 2007 |
The USS Vicksburg cruiser tracked and photographed the Iranian Russian-designed diesel-electric attack subs some weeks ago. There was no communication between them. DEBKAfile's military sources report that this was the first time US warships have run into a par of surfaced Iranian subs.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, Iranian Navy commander Adm. Habibollah Sayyari claimed it was expanding its sub fleet, including a new home-built small submarine called Ghadir, equipped with sonar-evading technology. He said the new craft would "give a crushing answer to enemies when needed, thanks to domestically-made equipment." They can fire missiles to hit Israel, the admiral claimed.
Tehran media said Iran's two domestically built submarines can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously, but gave no information on the weapons' ranges. DEBKAfile's military sources report that Iran must therefore have recently received systems for firing missiles from subs underwater, instead of shooting them from torpedo tubes as before.
Officials have also been boasting for some weeks of their underwater crafts' new capability to reach remote targets, including the Israeli coast.
Iran Extends Submarine Range to Hit Tel Aviv and US Mediterranean Targets
DEBKAFILE - November 27, 2007
DEBKAfile's military sources report the Iranian Navy is in the process of deploying two submarine fleets - mini-subs in Persian Gulf 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. - - - -
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