New Iranian Submarine Certainly Looks Fearsome!
Check out this short article from Fars, a semi-official Iranian news agency. It mentions the recent launch of an indigenously-produced Iranian mini-sub:
TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran announced on Wednesday that its first domestically built destroyer, the Jamaran, as well as its first domestically built Ghadir class submarine launched operation.Most impressively, check out the picture they used to illustrate this "powerful" new Iranian bathtub toy:
The Iranian military said that the submarine can easily evade detection and fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously. Iranian Navy Commander Admiral Habib Sayyari said the destroyer is better than any warship of its class built "before the Islamic Revolution".
He also reminded that the Iranian Navy is closely watching military moves and maneuvers made by the US fleet in the Persian Gulf and the entire region.
Compare and contrast with this picture of USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) on sea trials (from NavSource Online, 4th photo down):
It basically looks like they took the picture of the U.S. sub and added some "sky" on top of the standard "Persian Gulf brown" color. Those Iranians sure are tricky!
Update 1111 30 Nov: The same photo, chopped down, is on the City of Albuquerque's official web page about the sub.
Update 2248 30 Nov: Speaking of Iranian submarines, it looks like they'll let anyone post on YouTube:
A very impressive video; I don't think I saw anything in it that was actually accurate. If you like that videographer's work you should also check out his video demanding an investigation into Belgian UFOs.
Update 2332 06 Dec: Strategy Page has more on the new Iranian mini-sub, and Tigerhawk appreciates the absurdity.