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Iran claims to be building region’s largest warship

29 November 2017
A model of the training ship Khalij Fars training ship was displayed on Iran’s Navy Day. Source: Defa Press

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) unveiled a large model of a training ship called Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf) on 29 November, saying it will be the largest warship in west Asia.

The Iranian media reported that the vessel will be 135 m long and 16 m wide, have a displacement of 6,500 tonnes, a maximum speed of 25 kts, a range of 8,000 n miles (14,816 km), and be able to train 230 students at a time.

The model showed it armed with four anti-ship missiles and fitted with a helicopter deck.

The Tasnim news agency reported that the vessel has been under construction since 2012.

The model was one of several achievements that were announced on Navy Day. Others included an unmanned maritime vehicle called the Damavand , indigenously produced fuel for torpedoes, and a digital torpedo guidance system. A poster seen in Iranian TV coverage indicated that a prototype of the Damavand has been tested at sea.

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