Iran Flexing Muscles Part 2: a New ‘Stealth’ Frigate?

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The newly built hull of IRI Sahand launched at Bandar Abas - September 2012
The newly built hull of IRI Sahand launched at Bandar Abas - September 2012
The lead ship of the Moudge class - IRI Jamaran light missile frigate
The lead ship of the Moudge class – IRI Jamaran light missile frigate

The lead ship of a new class of missile frigates was launched last month at Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas. The new vessel – IRI Sahand was described at the official announcement as the largest, most modern naval vessel built by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The new vessel utilizes a new radar absorbing hull structure, although the design itself is based on the current 1,500 ton Moudge Class light frigate.

The lead ship of the class, IRI Jamaran was delivered in 2010 and is now in service. The second ship – IRI Velayat is under construction at Iran’s Northern port city of Bandar Anzali and is expected to be completed and delivered to the Iranian Navy Casipan Sea fleet by March 2013 – several months later than scheduled. Construction of two additional vessels of this class – yet unnamed Moudge 3 and 4 is currently underway, according to Iranian Naval sources. The Jamaran succeeded the three locally Vosper Mk 5 light frigates built in Iran in 1968-1969 and are still operating with the Iranian Navy today.

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