Monday, February 15, 2010

Naqdi destroyer docks in Qatari port

The destroy Naqdi of the Iranian navy has docked in a Qatari port in what has been described as a step towards the improvement of bilateral defense ties between the two countries.

Being neighbours Iran and Qatar have common sea borders and this docking of an Iranian naval warship in Doha has been seen by the Iranian government as a symbolic step towards the improvement of bilateral defense ties between the two countries.


Mark Pyruz said...

The upgraded Bayandor class (PF 103 type) IRIS Admiral Nagdi (Hull No. 82) is actually a large patrol corvette, not a destroyer as it is usually referred to in the Iranian press.

Mark Pyruz said...

Correction: "IRIS Admiral Naghdi."

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Mr. Pyruz, Iranian media or naval information is sometimes not commensurate with western classifications on ship types. The IRIS designated "destroyer" is akin to a western FRIGATE or a CORVETTE in terms of size, complement, displacement and weaponry. The newly commissioned IRIS JAMARAN is perhaps a The Moudge class, alternately spelled Mowj class (meaning Wave)frigate at 1420ton displacement with single unprotected helipad for a light utility chopper like Bell 212 in prolific Iranian service. Upon closer inspection, Jamaran and Admiral Naqdi appear to be Mowj class upgraded domestically produced Iranian frigates. Jamaran's sister ship tentatively named VELAYAT is almost 80% complete (google images and Fars news) at Bandar Anzali (Caspian Sea port) and should be launched in 2011.

It appears to be a development of the Alvand class (British Saam class) design that Iran has had extensive experience with. The various armament includes 4 x C-802 (or maybe improved C-803) anti-ship missiles
1 x 76 mm Fajr-27 auto naval gun
1 x 40 mm Fath-40 AAA
2 x 20 mm cannons
4x SM-1 SAM
2 x triple 324 mm torpedoes. Most Iranian ships also have Igla 16 and Misagh 2 MANPADS for close air defence.

Anyway, it is a commendable achievement for Iran considering all the obstacles, threats and "sanctions". I am certain the experience with Jamaran will lead to further design improvements after sea trails and active duty in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. Well done Iran.