Iran’s Navy has strengthened its presence in the Caspian Sea with the addition of the Deilaman destroyer, a 1,400-ton unit capable of launching cruise missiles.
This warship, named after a city in northern Iran, measures 95 meters in length and 11 meters in width. The state news agency IRNA reported that the Deilaman is capable of launching torpedoes at an impressive speed of 30 knots (56 km/h).
The Deilaman: A Colossus in the Caspian with Missile Capacity
The Deilaman is not only a display of sea power but also an advanced technological sentinel. It can simultaneously detect more than 100 targets, including drones, helicopters, submarines, and aircraft.
During the launching ceremony, Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, emphasized the role of the Deilaman in maintaining peace and security in the Caspian Sea, as well as its ability to confront terrorist and other threats. future incidents.
The Deilaman, the sixth Iranian ship in the Caspian
The Deilaman joins a fleet of five warships previously deployed by Iran in the Caspian Sea. This inland body of water, the largest in the world, is shared by Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran.
Iranian warships, including the Deilaman, have made visits to Russian and Azerbaijani naval bases in the Caspian Sea. However, Iran’s relations with Azerbaijan have been strained due to its close military ties with Israel, considered by Iran to be an archenemy.
Although Russia dominates the naval presence in the Caspian, Iran has been strengthening its presence since the late 1960s. In addition, it has three strategic naval bases along its coasts in the Caspian Sea.