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IRG To Be Equipped With Home-made Submarines
By Staff, Agencies
Iran has plans to equip the Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG] with light and semi-heavy domestically-developed submarines, Head of the Marine Industries Organization of the Ministry of Defense and Logistics of the Armed Forces Rear-Admiral Amir Rastegari said on Monday.
The official said that the manufacturing of these submarines will begin this year so that the IRG will have submarines within the next few years as like as the Iranian Navy.
He said that the reliance of the Iranian armed forces on the foreign countries in the marine industry has declined from 70% to 20% today.
The Marine Industries Organization manufactures different vessels for the Navy, IRG and the Coast Guard Police, the official said.
He also noted that the organization, for instance, makes rapid boats for the IRG naval force which highly relies on rapid boats.
Rastegari underscored that to be able to protect the country’s interests at the sea, a country needs to develop powerful naval forces.
He said that the IRG is responsible for protecting the Gulf waters up to the Strait of Hormuz, and the Iranian Navy is responsible for protecting eastern parts of the Strait of Hormuz to the Sea of Oman and the north of the Indian Ocean, while the Coast Guard Police protects the territorial waters.
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