08/12/2017 01:14

New corvette joins Iran’s Caspian Fleet

Iran’s naval fleet in the Caspian Sea received a new missile-launching corvette on December 5, dubbed Separ (Shield).

The new homegrown vessel officially joined the Iranian Navy at a ceremony in the northern port city of Anzali on Tuesday morning, attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.

Separ, 47 meters in length and around 4 meters in height, can sail at a maximum speed of 35 knots. It is equipped with various locally-made advance weapons, including surface-to-surface missile systems, naval guns, and fire control radars capable of detecting fighter jets and cruise missiles.

Speaking to reporters, Commander of Caspian Fleet Rear Admiral Ahmad Reza Baqeri said Separ, a Peykan-class warship, has been fully designed and manufactured by the local experts.

Pointing to the features of the new vessel, like great maneuverability and anti-missile defense systems, the commander said Separ is an all-weather vessel manufactured during two years and a half.

Separ is the fourth Sina-class warship built in the fourth Naval zone and is equipped with 4 Nour or Qader-class missile-launchers with a range of 120 to 250km, a 25mm Fajr-class cannon and another 40mm cannon.