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Iran Navy receives two new Shahid Soleimani class corvettes.

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According to a tweet published by نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران on February 19, 2024, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGC-N) has announced the addition of two Shahid Soleimani class corvettes, bringing its total fleet count of this class to three.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Shahid Soleimani class corvette Sayyad Shirazi. (Picture source: Student News Network)

While the Shahid Hasan Bagheri is pending radar installation, the Shahid Sayyad Shirazi has been outfitted with a sophisticated radar system previously deployed on the Mowj class frigate "Sahand."

About the Soleimani class corvettes

These corvettes displace approximately 600 tonnes and measure 65.0 meters (213 ft 3 in) in length with a beam of 14.5 meters (47 ft 7 in). They are powered by diesel engines, with propulsion provided by four engines, allowing them to reach speeds of up to 32 knots (59 km/h). Their operational range is about 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km), facilitating extended missions.

The armament of these corvettes includes a variety of weapons designed for both defensive and offensive purposes. This includes a 30 mm auto-canon, four 20 mm gatling guns with three barrels each, and an array of missiles: six anti-ship cruise missiles (comprising four long-range and two mid-range), 16 surface-to-air missiles (including Sayad2/3 and a short-range SAM), and six surface-to-surface missiles (Abu-Mahdi SSM).

The ships are equipped with a helipad and an underlying crane, designed for the deployment and retrieval of fast attack boats. They have the capacity to carry three fast attack boats, along with the capability to retrieve and rearm them efficiently.

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