22 Apr '12, 10am

Iran builds sub force in gulf face-off

Iran builds sub force in gulf face-off

Iran has been building up its submarine fleet for the last decade, adding mainly indigenously built small boats armed with torpedoes and mines that make them ideal platforms to carry out Tehran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway to the Persian Gulf. Accurate data on the Islamic Republic's underwater fleet, the only one in the gulf region, are hard to come by but Western analysts estimate the Iranian navy and the more powerful naval arm of the Revolutionary Guards Corps operate around 20 submarines. Most of these have been built by the state-owned Defense Industries Organization, a conglomeration of defense companies controlled by the Revolutionary Guards and that supervises all military production, research and development. The submarines are seen as a danger to international tanker traffic, which ships one-fifth of the world's oil supplies through the nar...

Full article: http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Iran_builds_sub_force_in_...

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