Saturday, May 25, 2013

Iran Refitting 50 Year Old Corvette for Further Service

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian experts are overhauling and modernizing a destroyer which will join the country's naval fleet in the near future, an Iranian navy commander announced.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam said that the Iranian navy is overhauling and modernizing a destroyer named Bayandor.

"Due to advanced technological advancements and making use of up-to-date equipment applied in other warships and destroyers, it was felt that certain changes should be made in this destroyer and we managed to update and upgrade the equipment of this destroyer which will be unveiled in the near future," he stated.

Earlier this month, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari had announced that the country is overhauling and modernizing Bayandor destroyer to make it ready for missions in international waters.

"The Bayandor Destroyer will join the naval fleet after undergoing major repair work and being equipped with various weapons systems," Sayyari told reporters at the time.

He said that Iran can use the destroyer to carry out missions in international waters in the future.

Sayyari said the destroyer is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment such as missile, torpedo, artillery, sonar and other information and communication systems. 

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