A senior Iranian commander announced on Tuesday that the country's Navy has equipped its newly-overhauled warship, Lavan, with advanced weapons and radar systems to improve its performance and fire power.
"Some repairs and changes have been made to the body as well as the sailing, sonar and radar systems, weapons and information-gathering sensors of the warship," Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told reporters on the sidelines of a forum in the Northern city of Noshahr today.
"The warship needed an overhaul and equipment with the state of the art and novel technologies and therefore the warship's weapons have been modernized," he added.
Sayyari said that the overhauled warship may be unveiled in the Sacred Defense Week (late September), commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.That would be IRINS Lavan (514) Hengam class tank landing ship (LSTH).
The Iran Navy makes effective use of such improvised support ships with helicopter deck, taking part in highly publicized task force forays to the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and northern Indian Ocean.
File photos (outdated): IRINS Lavan (514) Hengam class tank landing ship (LSTH)