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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Iran launches domestically made destroyer, state media says

Iran says the vessel is capable of travelling for about five months without refuelling

President Hassan Rouhani, centre, attends an annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. AP
President Hassan Rouhani, centre, attends an annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. AP

Iran says it has launched a domestically built destroyer in the Arabian Gulf capable of traveling some five months without refuelling.

State TV on Saturday reported it took six years to build the 1,300-ton vessel named Sahand after a mountain in northern Iran.

The Sahand has a helicopter landing pad, is 96 metres (105 yards) long and can cruise at 25 knots.

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It is equipped with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles as well as anti-aircraft batteries and sophisticated radar and radar evading capabilities, the report said.

Since 1992, Iran has been working to build a self-sufficient military, reportedly producing its own jet fighters, tanks, missiles and light submarines as well as torpedoes.

Iran added the first domestically made destroyer to its fleet in 2010 in the Persian Gulf. Reportedly Iran has five other destroyers.