debkafile Reports: Two surfaced Iranian Kilo-class submarines spotted in Persian Gulf by US warship
The USS Vicksburg cruiser tracked and photographed the Iranian Russian-designed diesel-electric attack subs some weeks ago. There was no communication between them. debkafile‘s military sources report that this was the first time US warships have run into a par of surfaced Iranian subs.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, Iranian Navy commander Adm. Habibollah Sayyari claimed it was expanding its sub fleet, including a new home-built small submarine called Ghadir, equipped with sonar-evading technology. He said the new craft would “give a crushing answer to enemies when needed, thanks to domestically-made equipment.” They can fire missiles to hit Israel, the admiral claimed.
Tehran media said Iran’s two domestically built submarines can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously, but gave no information on the weapons’ ranges. debkafile‘s military sources report that Iran must therefore have recently received systems for firing missiles from subs underwater, instead of shooting them from torpedo tubes as before.
Officials have also been boasting for some weeks of their underwater crafts’ new capability to reach remote targets, including the Israeli coast.