Fateh-class submarine

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Fateh (Persian: فاتح‎, meaning "conqueror") is an Iranian designed class of semi-heavy submarines. The Iranian media reported that Fateh class subs can operate more than 200 meters below the sea surface for nearly five weeks.[3] In September 2013, the Iranian Navy announced that the first sub of this class would be launched by the end of the current Iranian year (in March 2014),[4] according to satellite imagery the first sub of the class was launched in 2013 and a second one is under construction at the Bandar Anzali Naval Base on the Caspian Sea.[5] In 2019 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported that the Fateh had joined Iran's fleet after final tests, in a ceremony attended by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. It reported that the Fateh is "equipped with sonar, electric drive, combined battle management, surface-to-surface guided missile guidance, torpedo guidance, electronic and telecommunication warfare, secure and integrated telecommunication systems and dozens of state-of-the-art modern systems. Fateh submarine has speed of 11 knots (20.35 km/h) and is capable of travelling submerged at 14 knots (25.9 km/h). The submarine is armed with four 533-mm torpedoes. It can carry eight sea mines and two reserve torpedoes."[6] Press TV reported that Fateh has a 100-percent domestically-sourced technology. Iran's first semi-heavy submarine is capable of carrying and firing cruise missiles that could be launched from a submerged position.[7]

Submarines in the class[edit]

Class overview
Name: Fateh-class submarine
Builders: Marine Industries Organization
Operators: Islamic Republic of Iran Navy
Building: 3
Completed: 1
Active: 1
General characteristics
Type: Semi-heavy submarine
  • 527 tons (surfaced)
  • 593 tons (submerged)
Length: 48 m (157 ft)[1]
Propulsion: BLDC (Diesel-electric)
  • 11 knots (20 km/h), surfaced;
  • 14 knots (26 km/h), submerged
Range: 6,700 km (3,600 nmi; 4,200 mi) at 8 knots, snorkeling
Endurance: 35 days
Test depth: 250 m
Sensors and
processing systems:
11 retractable sensors, including an electro-optical mast and what appeared to be an optical periscope. Others may include a radar and electronic intelligence sensors for target-acquisition purposes.
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament: 6 Torpedoes/cruise missiles (4 x 533mm Torpedo Tubes), 8 Sea mines[2]
Submarine Launched Commissioned Status
Fateh (IRIS 920) 2013 17 February 2019[8] Active
Fateh (IRIS 961) 2015 Undergoing trials

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Iranian sub seen for the first time". Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.mashreghnews.ir/fa/news/251312
  3. ^ Press TV Fateh submarines to join Iran Navy 5 October 2011
  4. ^ Iran to Launch New Submarine to Boost Naval Capabilities in High Seas, Fars News Agency, November 27, 2013
  5. ^ "Iran launches new submarine class". Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Iran most advanced domestically-built submarine joins fleet". Islamic Republic News Agency. February 17, 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/02/17/588794/Iran-submarine-Fateh-Rouhani
  8. ^ Binnie, Jeremy (18 February 2019). "Iran commissions Fateh submarine". Jane's 360. Abu Dhabi. Archived from the original on 19 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.