TEHRAN, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's top defense officials attended a ceremony welcoming four new submarines fitted out with state of the art technology, officials said.
Iranian state media outlets reported Sunday the locally made Ghadir submarines have the ability to fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously, and are fitted with the latest sonar technology. The submarines are able to operate in the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf, the reports said.
Fars and IRNA state news agencies said Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi and Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of Iran's Navy, attended the ceremony along with senior military officials.
The reports said the submarines are an integral part of Iran's goal to become self-sufficient by manufacturing and producing its own fighter jets, armored vehicles and radar evading missiles as well as other superior weapons, for its air, naval and ground forces.