Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Iran Announces Revolutionary Guard Torpedo Boats

Reported as Torpedo launcher boats join IRGC fleet:
Introducing 12 Zolfaqhar class speedboats to its naval fleet, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) warns against the inspection of Iranian vessels.

IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced on Tuesday that the Corps also plans to mass produce improved models based on the record holding speedboat, Bladerunner 51, by 2011.

The Iranian speedboat will be capable of launching missiles and torpedoes, and sailing at a speed of 70 knots (82 mph).

"We acquired the boat from the British and what worries the Americans is that we have equipped it with military gear," IRNA quoted Admiral Fadavi as saying.

"By 1390 [Iranian calendar] (2011) it will be mass produced and delivered to the IRGC Naval Forces," he added.

The commander also warned that Iran would not tolerate any inspections of ships heading to or leaving from Iran by foreign countries.

"The Islamic Republic has authority in the Persian Gulf and we will retaliate against any [aggressive] move," said Rear Admiral Fadavi.
These are not "frigates" unless you are an Iranian.

Some discussion about the Bladerunner 51 thingie here. And an earlier post on that same topic here.

UPDATE: How to counter Iranian "frigates":
It goes faster and carries more bullets.

Another update:

This would do the job, too.


  1. Anonymous8:03 AM

    What no naval gunfire or carrier based aircraft? Helos with Hellfire?

  2. It's my version of the "Air-Sea Battle" concept.

  3. Hey, at least they went down to K-mart and got some air conditioners.

  4. Anonymous1:28 AM

    yea" knock out them split air condition units on deck, and there done. game over.

  5. Anonymous9:58 AM

    Ah yes, the rabbits (who lost the race in Iraq and Afganistan)boast and boast,while the turtle carries on.