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Iranian IRIS Dena & IRIS Makran dock in Brazil despite US pressure.

| 2023

Despite American pressure, the two Iranian ships IRIS Dena and IRIS Makran were finally able to dock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two ships left Iran for a long-term deployment that could take them through the Panama Canal.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Iranian Moudge class frigate IRIS Dena. (Picture source: Indonesian MoD)

The Moudge or Mowj is a class of domestically-produced Iranian light frigates. They have a displacement of 1,500 tonnes and a length of 95 m (311.7 ft), a beam of 11.1 m (36.4 ft), and a draught of 3.25 m (10.7 ft).

The ships are powered by two 10,000 hp (7,500 kW) engines and four 740 hp (550 kW) diesel generators, giving them a top speed of 30 knots (55.6 km/h).

The Moudge class frigates have a crew complement of 140 and are equipped with the Asr 3D PESA long-range radar and two 8-tube chaff launchers for electronic warfare and decoys. In terms of armament, they carry one 76 mm Fajr-27 naval gun, one 40 mm Fath-40 anti-aircraft gun or a 30 mm Kamand Close-In Weapon System, two 20 mm Oerlikon cannons, and two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns.

For surface-to-air missiles, the frigates are equipped with four Mehrab SAM, a naval version of the Sayyad-2, and for surface-to-surface missiles, they carry four Noor or Qader anti-ship missiles. For anti-submarine warfare, the ships have two triple 324 mm torpedoes.

The Moudge class frigates are also equipped with a helicopter landing pad and can carry one Bell 214 ASW helicopter.

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