The Iranian Navy say it’s working on a design of a new warship class between 5,000 and 7,000 tons.
Speaking on November the 24th, 2019, the commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, was quoted in local media saying that a new warship — which he classified as a ‘destroyer’ — is being developed under the ‘Negin’ project. The vessel is to displace between 5,000 and 7,000 tons, Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.
If the warship is developed as planned, it would make for a significant increase in the capabilities of Iran’s naval forces as the largest vessels in service presently are around 1,300 tons, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported.
Separately, Rear Admiral Khanzadi noted that Iran is equipping its warships with vertical-launching missile systems:
“In line with directives of the Commander in Chief, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, who has called for higher level of immunity for sailing units, Iran’s Navy is devising plans for equipping its vessels with VLS missile cells.”
Two warships in the Moudge class, Damavand and Dena, are to receive the VLS cells.