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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

These Boots Are Made for Shaking: "Iran Navy to build aircraft carriers"

A free aircraft carrier design to the Islamic Republic of Iran from Eagle1
Reader Rick sends this link Iran Navy to build aircraft carriers:
Iran's Deputy Navy Commander Captain Mansour Maqsoudlou has announced the country's plan to design and manufacture aircraft carriers.

The initial designs for building the carriers have been approved and the process of research, design and manufacture will start soon, Captain Maqsoudlou told IRNA on Wednesday.

Since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the country has embarked on a campaign for self-sufficiency in the defense industry and launched numerous military projects.

Last year in February, the Iranian Navy unveiled its first domestically-manufactured destroyer, Jamaran, in the waters of the Persian Gulf.

The 1,420-ton destroyer, equipped with modern radars and other electronic warfare capabilities, patrols the southern waters of the Persian Gulf.

In January, Iran successfully test-fired the mid-range, surface-to-air Hawk missile, and the Iranian Defense Ministry delivered new cruise missile systems to the Navy.

The systems, designed and manufactured by Iranian experts, are capable of spotting and destroying different targets at sea.
Rick notes, "Of course their definition of "Aircraft Carrier" might not match ours. I visualize a 20' Boston Whaler flying off some R/c airplanes - "Those are UAV's don't you know...""

Whatever.  I suggest they start small. Smaller targets are more challenging.


  1. I have visions of Bavar-2 (which looks suspiciously like some kit planes that are on the market)being flown from a dhow.

    Like Lex says: the first hundred years are the tough part.

    BTW, the XFV-1 sat outside a hangar at Moffett Field for many years (where I first saw it) then ended up on display in front of HC-6 at NAS Norfolk, when I went to their VERTREP school in the 70s. Wikipedia sayeth that it was moved to the Smithsonian's Suitland Facility, since then.

  2. Back long ago and far away some tribesmen designed a cross bow that fired (our) grenades. It not only lobbed them three times as far as a person could throw them, it pulled the pin of the grenades upon launch. Great air bursts if target was more than a few meters.

    This was from a warrior society that was centuries behind everyone else.

    This "grenade launcher" cost nothing (excluding labor).