More to come–Ahmadinejad launches Jamaran-2 destroyer project to shun criticism off from hawks

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is facing criticism within his system from hawks like Supreme Leader of Iran Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, is constantly working on launching new Indigenous defence products. This time is Jamaran-2 destroyer.
He himself inaugurated Jamaran-2 guided missile destroyer, in the port city of Anzali, about 150 miles (250 kilometers) northwest of the capital Tehran on March 17, 2013
Jamaran-2 is set to officially join the Iranian navy’s fleet within the next six months, following the completion of final testing.
The move will mark the first heavyweight Iranian military presence in the oil-rich Caspian Sea. The five surrounding countries – Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – have not reached an agreement on exploitation of its resources.
Tehran wants all five nations to share the sea’s resources equally. However, the other four nations support exploitation through mutual pacts, putting Iran’s share at about 12 percent.
In February 2010, the Iranian navy launched the Jamaran-1 destroyer in the Persian Gulf – the country’s first domestically-built destroyer – equipped with modern radar and electronic warfare capabilities.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was present at the launch of the Jamaran-2 destroyer in the port city of Anali, 250 kilometers northwest of the country’s capital. During the ceremony, the leader hailed the construction of the destroyer as a “great achievement” for the Islamic republic, Xinhua news agency reported.
The 1,420-ton destroyer is equipped with a 20,000-horsepower engine and can travel at a top speed of 30 knots, and has the capability to carry helicopters, different surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, advanced artillery and torpedo systems.

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