The new generation of the Zolfaghar vessel is capable of launching Nasr-1 missiles, and sailing at a speed of 70 knots (82 mph). It is claimed to be able to operate in an average wave height of 1.21 meters while its missiles will effectively work at a height of 1.25 meters.
At the production launch, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said that speed boats, especially the newly mass-produced missile-launching vessels, have granted high mobility and power to the IRGC Navy and made it a unique force in the world.
"As regards high-speed missile-launching vessels, no country in the world enjoys such a power (that Iran has)," Fadavi said, addressing a ceremony held to mark inauguration of the production lines of two types of new speed vessels.
"We emphasize that we have gained a unique power in this field of naval defense," Fadavi went on saying.
Admiral Fadavi further compared the high speed of the Iranian vessels and the IRGC Navy's high mobility with the US Navy, and said, "US warships currently have a maximum speed of 31 knots while the Iranian vessels can traverse twice as fast on average."
The commander further stressed his forces' capability to repel possible attacks on the country, and stated, "Given the unimaginable growth in Iran's defensive power, we can defend our country's borders and interests in the best possible way."
Meantime, Fadavi stressed that the country's growing trend of defensive power would continue at a higher pace in future.
and bow mounted DShK 12.7 mm HMG
Seraj-1, starboard side
Seraj-1, port side
Seraj-1 at speed
Zolfaghar FAC armed with bow mounted DShK 12.7 mm HMG
and a pair of Nasr-1 missile launchers
Defense Minister Vahidi peers out from the control station
Interior view of the Zolfaghar control station
Zolfaghar propeller detail
Zolfaghar FAC in production stage
Zolfaghar at speed (1)
Zolfaghar at speed (2)
Hamed Haghdoust at Fars News Agency
Abdolfazi Salmanzadeh at Mehr News Agency
Vahid Reza Alayi at JamejamOnline.ir
Hamid Forootan at Iranian Students News Agency
VahidReza Alaei at Borna News Agency