Ghadir-class submarine

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Ahmadinejad inters a Ghadir Submarine - 2008
Class overview
Builders: Marine Industries Organization
Operators: Islamic Republic of Iran Navy
Preceded by: Nahang Class
Succeeded by: Qaaem class submarine
In service: 28 November 2007
Active: 21
General characteristics
Tonnage: 120 tonnes
Displacement: 115 tons surfaced [2]
Length: 29 m (95 ft) [3]
Beam: ~3 m
Draught: ~2.5 m
Propulsion: Diesel-electric propulsion
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Complement: 18
Armament: 2 × 533mm torpedoes, mines

Ghadir (Persian: غدیر‎) is a class of midget submarines built by Iran specifically for cruising within the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf.[1] It is named after Ghadir Khumm, a holy place to Shia Muslims. It is based on the North Korean Yono class submarine.

On 24 November 2007 Iranian rear-admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced: "A home-made destroyer called Jamaran and a home-made submarine of Ghadir class will launch operation on November 28." [1] He also said that the submarine is equipped with the latest military and technological equipment and that its capabilities are equal to that of foreign types. Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei was quoted saying to Iran's navy commanders on the day the submarine was launched: "Today, you have been able to design and build many of the military requirements. We have become self-sufficient from other countries."[2]

New Ghadir submarines were delivered to the Iranian navy on June 2009, August 2010,[3][4] August 2011,[5] November 2011,[6] February 2012[7] and November 2012.[8] While Ghadir resembles the North Korean Yono class submarine, it is probably better described as a littoral submarine.[9]

Submarines in the class[edit]

There are 21 Ghadir-class minisubs in service with the Iranian Navy.

Submarine Launched Status
Ghadir 942 Nov 2007 In Service
Ghadir 943 Aug 2008 In Service
Ghadir 944 Nov 2008 In Service
Ghadir 945 Jun 2009 In Service
Ghadir 946 Jun 2009 In Service
Ghadir 947 Jun 2009 In Service
Ghadir 948 Jun 2009 In Service
Ghadir 949 Aug 2010 In Service
Ghadir 950 Aug 2010 In Service
Ghadir 951 Aug 2010 In Service
Ghadir 952 Aug 2011 In Service
Ghadir 953 Aug 2011 In Service
Ghadir 954 Aug 2011 In Service
Ghadir 955 Aug 2011 In Service
Ghadir 956 Nov 2011 In Service
Ghadir 957 Nov 2011 In Service
Ghadir 958 Nov 2011 In Service
Ghadir 959 Feb 2012 In Service
Ghadir 960 Feb 2012 In Service
Ghadir 961 Nov 2012 In Service
Ghadir 962 Nov 2012 In Service

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