Iran unveils plans for new class of 6,000-tonne destroyers

An Iranian Alvand-class frigate (Photo: US Navy/Photographer's Mate 1st Class Alex Hicks)

Iran’s Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) recently disclosed that design work has been completed on a new class of destroyers that will be capable of long-range patrols.

The MODAFL confirmed that each destroyer will have a displacement of 6,000 tonnes, phased-array radar, a vertical launch system, and an operating autonomy of up to two months.

Construction of the first two vessels in the class is expected to begin in the coming months. These will become the largest warships ever to sail under the Iranian flag once they are commissioned into service by the first quarter of 2021.

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