Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Monday they plan to upgrade their
speed boats in the Gulf with radar-evading stealth technology and new missile
launchers as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington in the vital oil
shipping route, Reuters reported.
Ending a long absence of US aircraft carriers in the region, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf last week, and was shadowed by the Revolutionary Guards’ speed boats.
There have been periodic confrontations between the Revolutionary Guards vessels and US military in the Gulf, although the number of incidents has dropped in recent months.
“We are trying to increase the agility of the Guards’ speed boats and equip them with stealth technology to facilitate their operations,” Alireza Tangsiri, the Revolutionary Guards’ navy chief, was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.
Tangsiri also said the speed boats will be equipped with new missiles, and their speed will reach 80 knots per hour.
He did not elaborate on whether Iran had already mastered these technologies or if they were still in the study phase.
Iran says it has been developing its own stealth technology for fighter jets and vessels, but the prototypes it has unveiled in recent years have mostly been met with derision by defense experts.