"Velayat 97" Wargame Ends With Successful Scenarios

February 24, 2019

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Bandar Abbas, Feb 24, IRNA - Great naval “Velayat 97” wargame, three days after reaching the pre-planned targets terminated on Sunday evening. 

The power demonstration phase of the drill began on Friday with the parade of naval units, and during this process, various surface, subsurface, airborne and missile units successfully implemented the scenarios. 

The important points of this wargame, which were carried out in the eastern part of the Strait of Hormuz, the Oman Sea and the Indian Ocean north was the first operational demonstration of the Iranian destroyer Sahand and submarine of Fateh (Conquer).

More than 100 of the Navy fleet, including different kinds of destroyers, missile launching vessels, logistic navies, light and heavy submarines, hovercrafts, fixed wing aircrafts, and helicopters participated in the parade.

The parade covers an area of more than two million square kilometers east of Hormuz Strait, Oman Sea and north of the Indian Ocean (up to 10 degrees) and the participants in the parade exercise defense and air defense tactics to safeguard the territorial waters, while hoisting banner of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Earlier, Deputy Commander of the Islamic Republic Army for Coordination Affairs Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Iranian army is vigilantly monitoring all threats in the region.

Threats have always existed against Iran, he said, stressing that the important fact is the armed forces’ capabilities and readiness for confrontation and deterrence.

The Fateh (conqueror) submarine and Sahand destroyer -- both indigenized -- were used in “Velayat 97” drills for the first time.

Fateh submarine is the first indigenized medium-class Iranian submarine joining the Navy on Sunday, with the presence of the president. 

Indigenized Sahand destroyer is also the third-class destroyer of Moj (Wave) class that was built at Navy's factories.

Fateh is Iran’s most advanced domestically-built submarine. The submarine is equipped with sonar, electric drive, combined battle management, surface-to-surface guided missile guidance, torpedo guidance, electronic and telecommunication warfare, secure and integrated telecommunication systems and dozens of state-of-art modern systems.

Fateh submarine has underwater speed of 11 knots (20.35 km/h) and is capable of travelling submerged at 14 knots (25.9km/h). The submarine is armed with four 533-mm torpedoes. 

It can carry eight sea mines and two reserve torpedoes.