According to Iranian state media, President Rohani has inaugurated a new domestically built submarine armed with cruise missiles.

“Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully self-reliant on land, air, and sea,” Rohani told a launch ceremony in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

“Our defensive power is meant to defend our interests and we have never sought to attack any country,” he told the event broadcast live on the state-run Press TV.

Some have disputed this however, including Mark Episkopos here:

“It has been known for some time that Fateh vessels will carry four 533mm torpedoes with two more in reserve, as well as eight naval mines. Iranian sources have provided much less concrete information on Fateh’s onboard cruise missiles, which can allegedly be fired from a submerged position.

Coming in at less than 50 meters in length and with a small frame to boast, it remains to be seen how many, and exactly what types of cruise missiles can be crammed into the vessel. Also unclear is whether some or all of its six onboard torpedoes will have to be rotated out to accommodate the cruise missiles in question.”

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Ian

If (eventually) armed with nuclear warheads, they will certainly pose a threat to regional peace and stability!

GWM

Probably more dangerous to the fool’s who get in the thing.

Andrew

Hahaha….agreed

GWM

Yea I doubt the safety of the crew was at the top of the specifications,the Mulas have little though for the lives of their own.

captain P Wash.

RGR, I think it’s silly to deliberately sink a boat in the first place.

Iain666

As long as they remember it’s pointy end first when they come to launch them ??

Andrew Smith

Its politics. To their domestic audience it looks good. The point about credible threat is that they only have to kill a few US sailors and they can boast at great victory

farouk

The Iranians have a huge habit of making themselves look bigger than they really are. Whislt the Fatah is deemed a heavy submarine it is actually a dinky one. Showing a picture of a Kilo is somewhat disingenuous as the Kilos come in at 2300 tonnes. If you want to see how large these submarines really are
https://twitter.com/D__Mitch/status/1097182240721776642

Yes, all weapons can be deadly, but without wanting to appear complacent , I’d take anything the Iranian Mullahs say with a pinch of salt.

Nick Bowman

…but the Iranians do have Kilos and Kilos can fire cruise missiles and supersonic anti-ship missiles, so don’t underestimate them. I’m impressed by the Iranians ability to reverse engineer aircraft and missile parts, and keep older aircraft serviceable. I’ve met razor sharp Iranians here in the states – strong engineers. I’m probably over-doing this a bit… I’m just saying that I don’t think the Iranians would be a push-over.

farouk

<b<Nick Bowman wrote ,b> I’m probably over-doing this a bit… I’m just saying that I don’t think the Iranians would be a push-over. Nick, I never stated that they would be a push over, I stated that without wanting to appear complacent ,I’d take anything the Iranian mullahs say with a pinch of salt. For example when they came out with a stealth aircraft, a stealth ship or even their so called stealth drone which Obama gave them a start with. Yes they can reverse engineer things, Be it a 70s ship sold to them by the British, A F5… Read more »

George Amery

Hi folks hope are all well. Yes a bit concerning even if we factor in doubtful credibility of the subs efficiency. They could pose a danger to civil shipping in the event of some dispute or a blockade. This would cause a resource issue with us and other Western powers been taken up by a cat and mouse game untill we loose patience and sink one or both subs, of course this would escalate to a hard military engagement which no one wants. Nonetheless, currently there is tention with Iran and we need to be prepared to act with caution… Read more »

Steve

I am in 2 minds about this, Iran are a pretty dangerous country, but equally sanctions and isolation is making things worse rather than better.

Forcing the world to take them more seriously, specifically Israel, could help improve stability in the region.

Many people believe that the idea of MAD has prevented WW3, so just a question on whether the Iranian government can be trusted with the eventual capability.

Elliott

They have manifestly proven they can’t. Ask the Embassy they seized ask the Embassies in other countries they bombed, and ask the men killed in the barracks they blew up in Beirut. Then ask all the the men killed by arms, ammunition, explosives and training they supplied the insurgents in Iraq.
So do not trust them ever under any circumstances. They already violated every single law of armed conflict and therefore should be treated as such.

OOA

I happen to agree with you that they should not be allowed to have nukes but the rant about not obeying the laws of armed conflict raised an eyebrow. Any idea who we’ve been supporting recently? Think our friends in the Syrian mess are goodies? And our chums the Saudis? Good eggs to a man I’m sure. The lines between who’s good and bad are much finer than you’re making out and I for one am sickened by picking sides and peddling arms. The region is a mess we’re better keeping our hands off. Hopefully once we’re weaned off oil,… Read more »

Rule Britania

Umm! I see this as alarming although the trigger happy Iranians are no match for UK and US sailors.

Any nation that has the know how and ability to build domestically is a threat when it comes to defence

The Iran issue is never going to go away and while Russia remain in Syria, Iran will feel it has an ally and given time we able to add to its capability.

I can’t see Russia pulling out the region now and that suits Iran nicely.

SteveK

Umm! I see this as alarming although the trigger happy Iranians are no match for UK and US sailors.

Any nation that has the know how and ability to build domestically is a threat when it comes to defence

The Iran issue is never going to go away and while Russia remain in Syria, Iran will feel it has an ally and given time we able to add to its capability.

I can’t see Russia pulling out the region now and that suits Iran nicely.

DaveyB

Definitely know that Iran supplied arms to the Taliban during my time in Afghan, as we confiscated a number of arms shipments that drove from the border to Herat (W Afghanistan). Two “jingly” trucks packed with locally manufactured RPGs and AK/PKs. Most of the weapons and ammo was factory fresh. It was the plastic explosive which was more worrying as one shipment weighed a metric ton. Are they any worse than other countries, depends what side of the fence you’re on! Janes have announced, that during their tri-service exercise off the Gulf coast , they launched a sub launched cruise… Read more »

David

Presumably diesel electric ? It might not be much threat to a modern warship, but it doesn’t need to be. My bet is that this would be deployed to shut the straight, any tanker captains brave enough to risk taking a torpedo ? If it sat stationary it could be hard to detect. Only has to hit one oil tanker or worse an LPG / LNG tanker and nothing goes through the straight again. If we send in ASW ships don’t they risk getting hit by land based anti ship missile, so we need to send ships with good anti… Read more »

Purpleronnie

It looks like they took a visit to Gosport to get the design from the museum.