Iranian shipyards are churning out twin-hull fast-attack ships, according to new satellite imagery.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (Iran’s paramilitary) would crew the ships.
They’re similar in concept and appearance to China’s Type 022 fast-attack missile boats.
Iran’s paramilitary navy is constructing the first of what will likely be a whole new fleet of fast-attack craft—a type of small, nimble warship that operates on the offensive in close proximity to the coast. The boat is a twin-hulled catamaran that will one day carry both anti-ship and anti-air missiles.
The new vessel is currently under construction at the Shahid Mahallati Shipyard in Bushehr, Iran. Naval News first spotted it last week in commercial satellites images. From above, you can see the boat’s two narrow hulls are placed side by side, supporting a wide bridge deck.
The bridge deck itself is angled and appears to be built for speed. Catamarans are typically faster than average vessels owing to their use of two small hulls instead of one large one, lessening hydrodynamic resistance and increasing speed.