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.”