Besat-class submarine

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Class overview
Builders: Marine Industries Organization
Operators: Islamic Republic of Iran Navy
Preceded by: Ghadir Class
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,200 tons
Propulsion: Air independent propulsion[1]
Armament: Torpedoes, Missiles

Besat class submarine[2] previously known as Qaaem, Qaem, or Ghaaem is an Iranian designed class of submarines currently under construction. On 25 August 2008, Iranian defence minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced Iran had started building the first ship of the class: Qaaem. The submarine will be capable of carrying and firing various types of torpedoes and undersea missiles.[3][4] According to the Iranian Navy these submarines will weigh 1,200 tons.[5][6] Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that they would be equipped with torpedoes and naval mines. He also said: "the smart long-range Qaa'em submarine is also capable of carrying out both defensive and offensive operations".[7] According to Global Security, a total of two of these Submarines will be built and completed by 2015.[8]

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