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.

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Rfn_Weston
Rfn_Weston
1 year ago

It’s crazy what you can build with Lego Technic these days!

Mark B
Mark B
1 year ago

Why?

Rfn_Weston
Rfn_Weston
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark B

Why not?

Mark B
Mark B
1 year ago
Reply to  Rfn_Weston

?

Richard Cooper
Richard Cooper
1 year ago

It may well look the part, but has it got the gear to perform it?

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
1 year ago

Something in that weight class would be totally unnecessary and borderline inefficient in the waters Iran currently operates in. They are probably thinking of something more like a flagship with the range and blue water capacity for showing the flag around the world.

Andrew Crisp
Andrew Crisp
1 year ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

Or for escorting tankers further afield maybe….

andy reeves
andy reeves
1 year ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

a well equipped river would sink it, the b2 river could, like the the thai version THE KRABI is fitted with a 76mm oto melara 3 inch gun and two extra 30mm cannon aft of the bridge wing. it is understood that the fitting of mistral to these is planned.

farouk
farouk
1 year ago

The US DIA knocked out a report on Iran’s military capabilities last week. Its a PDF fie and from Gov servers. I’ve scanned it (No nasties). Its a pretty good read which goes into the history, the current levels of manning , and its SOP
Iran Military Power – Defense Intelligence Agency

farouk
farouk
1 year ago

The mullahs have taken to castigating the plebs as traitors and of being funded by the likes of the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia. So whilst the Mullahs appear to have quelled this round , they have alienated the population and as seen since 2009, the voice inside the country against them is growing

P.S
I’m not of Iranian stock

andy reeves
andy reeves
1 year ago
Reply to  farouk

its a lot like north korea, the yun un dynasty is in the terminal stage

Andy P
Andy P
1 year ago

The ‘Negin’ Project, how very Walking Dead…..
Good luck to them, I’m sure their neighbours are keeching themselves.

Airborne
Airborne
1 year ago

Closely resembling a North Sea ferry!

Lusty
Lusty
1 year ago

Iran currently operates ~5 frigates, including the one pictured here which is of the Sahand class. From what I can gather, they’re split into three classes: Alvand, Moudge and Sahand. The Alvand class were built in the UK as a variant of the Type 21, with four being delivered, one of which was later sunk. The rest are more modern, home-grown efforts, which do bear some resemblance to their older designs. Iran is of course capable of building warships, but a shiip of this size is a massive step up for a country used to operating frigates comparable in tonnage… Read more »

Steve Salt
Steve Salt
1 year ago
Reply to  Lusty

The Moudge class is a home grown update of the Alvand class.
All based on the Vosper mark 5 design, or to us the type 21.

Lusty
Lusty
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Salt

Is there an echo in here tonight?

Steve Salt
Steve Salt
1 year ago
Reply to  Lusty

Hello….Hello….Hello….
My apologies, your post wasn’t showing on my Fisher Price tablet when I wrote mine.

Lusty
Lusty
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Salt

No worries at all Steve, no harm done!

whlgrubber
whlgrubber
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Salt

where are their shipbuilding yards? when i was last there (1979) they could hardly build a dhow

Lusty
Lusty
1 year ago
Reply to  whlgrubber

I believe most of their shipbuilding activities are centred in Bandar-e Anzali, which also includes submarine construction facilities. Earlier this year, an explosion at that facility killed three.

whlgrubber
whlgrubber
1 year ago
Reply to  Lusty

thats not right. bandar e anzali is on the Caspian!!! I drove up there from Tehran in 1978. could b Bandar Abbas but I was there with the RN in the early 70s no sign of shipbuilding then. I realise that its been 40 years since but there was never a will for shipbuilding in Iran. more likely they will be bought in hulls and fitted out in loal harbours.

Lusty
Lusty
1 year ago
Reply to  whlgrubber

Sorry, meant Bandar Abbas. Late night posting clearly isn’t my forte.

andy reeves
andy reeves
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Salt

i’d like to have seen a batch 2 type 21

Lusty
Lusty
1 year ago
Reply to  andy reeves

I’m not sure if that’s an opinion held by many. The Type 21 was just a stop-gap, born out of the need to replace eight older frigates. The Type 22 and 23 hulls were far superior in my opinion – it’s those we should have focused on.

Rfn_Weston
Rfn_Weston
1 year ago
Reply to  Lusty

Much like the Type 31e then! haha

JohnHartley
JohnHartley
1 year ago

Well if China & Russia want to get their own back on Trump, they could ignore sanctions & supply Iran with the guns/missiles/radars for these new ships. I think China would be happy to be paid in Iranian oil.

andy reeves
andy reeves
1 year ago
Reply to  JohnHartley

maybe the u.k should be designing the next class of destroyers, the t45 won’t lst forever

Rfn_Weston
Rfn_Weston
1 year ago
Reply to  andy reeves

Do you reckon they’ll just base it on the Type 23 hull form? Upgrade the radar & VLS etc?

Lusty
Lusty
1 year ago
Reply to  Rfn_Weston

There has been some talk of basing it on a T26 hull form. UKDJ ran an article about it a few months back.

JohnHartley
JohnHartley
1 year ago
Reply to  Lusty

The Canadian version of T26 with its SPY-7 radar & Standard missiles, would be my off the shelf choice for T45 replacement. The Canadian version of T26 is expensive, but so is any other decent air defence Destroyer/Frigate.

Joe16
Joe16
1 year ago

I’d be interested to know where they’ll be getting the VLS from; I wasn’t aware that their current (rather small) frigates had any. Will they go Russian or Chinese, as I doubt they have anything in production that could be navalised and used for the purpose? As far as size goes, I’m wondering what they’re using as the basis. Some of the guys have suggested that their old T21 derivatives will be the design core; that’s a very old design and apparently about 20% of the displacement of their planned destroyer. That’s a ridiculous stretching effort! For perspective, the Arleigh… Read more »

Lusty
Lusty
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe16

At present, it’s only the newer Frigates in service which are based on the Type 21 design (the original Type 21 being known as the Alvand class in Iranian service). They achieved this through reverse engineering and modernising the platform, creating the Moudge class – and even then, one of these vessels was recently sunk. The vessel pictured here (Sahand) is reported to be an upscaled version of that process and is currently a relatively unique vessel until more are commissioned. I wouldn’t expect them to use the Type 21 as a basis for a larger vessel in the region… Read more »

andy reeves
andy reeves
1 year ago

a new class of target more like, just ignore iran and deal with it when the right time comes