Iran Unveils Home-Made Missile Launching Hovercraft
News number: 9107118716 14:21 | 2012-11-12
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Monday unveiled a highly advanced home-made hovercraft
which can launch missiles and serve as launch pad for drones.
The vessel was unveiled in a ceremony attended by the Iranian Defense
Minister, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, today.
The newly unveiled hovercraft has been designed and developed by Iranian
experts in two models for combat and transportation missions and the combat
model, called 'Tondar" (Thunderbolt), was unveiled by Vahidi today.
Addressing the ceremony, Vahidi said that Tondar can be equipped with
different types of weapons produced by the Iranian defense industries,
including rockets, guns and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
The minister said that Tondar can be used for "coastal patrolling, as a
command vessel, offensive reconnaissance operations, mid-range amphibious
missions, asymmetric defense, as a personnel and equipment carrier for
logistical support for islands and coastal areas or as a sea ambulance for
relief and rescue missions".
He further added that the new hovercraft will increase the combat and
reconnaissance capabilities as well as the mobility of the Iranian Armed
The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of
newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of
home-made weapons, tools and equipments, including submarines, military
ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic
systems, during massive military drills.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's wargames and its
advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor,
specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.