Iranian media reported Friday the country was getting ready to invest in new Jamaran-type frigates. The Iranian Navy launched the first of its Mowj-class frigates in February of last year. It was the first domestically produced surface combatant of its kind and a second is well along in production at Bandar Abbas, according to Jane’s.
The ship is fairly well outfitted: 1,500 ton displacement with six Mk 32 torpedoes and launchers for four C-802 anti-ship and SM-1 anti-air missiles.
But let’s not get carried away here, this is a trinket of a ship relative to the 9,700-ton CG 47s. Which brings up an interesting question as to why Iran is spending money on these surface combatants that would seem to be little more than a nuisance to American warships. It would seem the safe money would be in diesel-electric boats.
Something to keep an eye on. Should the Navy be concerned with an expanding Iranian surface fleet?