Iran is expanding submarine fleet: Iranian Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Moussavi said that the Islamic Republic will soon conduct test runs to examine new Iranian-made submarine models, Fars Iranian network reported on Thursday.
"The new submarines, built by the committed Iranian experts, will join the naval combat fleet," after being tested during upcoming military exercises, Moussavi said on Wednesday.
The deputy commander did not provide further detail on the new models to be tested, their size, weights or when the exercises are scheduled to take place.
Iran often boasts technological achievements in an effort to deter other regional countries and the West from launching an offensive against it, due to its controversial nuclear program.
On Thursday, China and Russia joined the Western powers and expressed concern over the Iranian nuclear program, after the Islamic Republic announced that it will increase uranium enrichment and move the production from Natanz to its nuclear facilities in Qum.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Iranian submarines were dispatched to the Red Sea in
order to gather intelligence and keep surveillance over the movement of foreign fleets' submarines and vessels.
According to the reports, the submarines joined a task force that was battling piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and were later transferred to the Red Sea.
Iran announced last August that it increased its fleet and now has a total of 11 submarines, which will be used to patrol the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Iran has dispatched battleships to distant waters such as the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in the past, but it is the first time it is sending submarines to the area.