Iran Announces New Hypersonic Missile-Armed Frigate

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Iranian Navy officials stated that the latest Moudge-class frigate called the Damavand-2 will have hypersonic missiles. This announcement comes shortly after the nation showcased its “Fattah” hypersonic missile.

The Moudge-class is a class of ships that are all domestically developed, and with a displacement of around 1,500 tons should more accurately be termed frigates. These ships were created in a joint effort of Defense Ministry experts, armed forces and knowledge-based industries. It has allegedly been “seamlessly integrated” into the Navy’s active combat unit utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

According to Interesting Engineering, the Damavandclass allegedly boasts impressive features such as advanced radar and missile systems, powerful thrust systems, and state-of-the-art weaponry. According to a high-ranking Iranian official, the equipment on the Damavand-2 frigate represents the latest technology in detection, identification, monitoring (DIM), and combat capabilities.

According to Manouchehr Alipour, who serves as the deputy head of the Marine Industries Organization (MIO) and as a marine industry counselor to the Iranian defense minister, the country’s experts have acquired advanced skills in creating and producing warships.

However, the development process was not always smooth sailing. Three years after the Navy’s northern fleet welcomed the frigate Damavand-1, the 328-foot (100-meter) long and over 1,300 ton-frigate sunk while docked in Bandar Anzali due to a collision with a seawall. According to recently revealed images, it seems that the vessel was salvaged from the water and reinstated for active duty. The ship is equipped with a 76mm cannon and anti-ship cruise missile launcher.

According to Iranian officials, the ships were commissioned in order to safeguard naval channels and ensure the safety of commercial ships and tankers. Whether or not they will be equipped with the nation’s “Fattah” missiles or another kind has not been disclosed.