Iran’s Sahand destroyer arrives in Gulf of Aden
In its first ever long-term overseas mission, Iran’s most advanced homemade destroyer ‘Sahand’, with radar-evading stealth capabilities, has arrived in the Gulf of Aden to escort ships.
Iran Press/Iran news: The chief of staff of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Monday that ‘Sahand’, which was commissioned into the Iranian Navy last year, has been sent to the mission as part of the 63rd flotilla, which also includes ‘Khark’ helicopter carrier to safeguard Iranian commercial shipping in international waters.
Rear Admiral Sayyari told reporters that the flotilla is tasked with escorting ships in the Sea of Oman and the Gulf of Aden.
In December 2018, Iran delivered its most advanced homemade destroyer, Sahand, to its naval fleet at the port of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf. Sahand is equipped with a radar-evading hull and can travel twice as far without refuelling as the previous class of destroyers.
The 1,300-ton vessel, named after a mountain in northern Iran, has a helicopter landing pad, is 96 meters long and can cruise at 25 knots. It is equipped with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles as well as anti-aircraft batteries and sophisticated radar and radar evading capabilities.