Iran has launched a new class of indigenous submarine, according to a Tuesday report inJane’s Defence Weekly.
One of the suspected Fateh-class of indigenously built submarines was spotted in the water near the Bostanu Shipyard near the Strait of Hormuz on Oct. 27, according to the report.
A second submarine appears to be under construction at the Bandar Anzali Naval Base on the Caspian Sea as of Sept. 27.
The construction of the 500-ton submarine demonstrates an improvement in Iran’s ability to produce military hardware despite the ongoing sanctions on the country. (Emphasis added)
Now that sanctions are being eased thanks to Obama and Kerry, the Iranians will have both more money to build military hardware and access to foreign goods and services.