The new assault boats are aimed at fending off any attempts by the West to impose a blockade of the Gulf, through which 40 percent of the world’s gas and oil flows in tankers.
The official Iranian news agency IRNA said the two Iranian-produced speedboats, dubbed Seraz and Zolfagar, will help “provide security to the Persian Gulf, the
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that the Zolfagar vessel “is designed for quick assaults on ships, and is equipped with two missile launchers, two machine guns and a computer system to control the missiles." It is to be equipped with a marine cruise missile that Vahidi claims “has high destructive power."
"Seraj is a fast moving assault rocket launcher using sophisticated and modern technology," he added.
The announcements of the new drone bomber and missile-launching speedboats were part of “government week” publicity of
Its ground combat arsenal includes tanks, artillery, anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers.