TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi opened on Monday the production lines of two home-made, high-speed assault boats, the local satellite Press TV reported.
The production lines for the Seraj (Lamp) high-speed boat and a new generation of the high-speed Zolfaghar (named after Shiite Imam Ali's sword) boat were launched on Monday by the minister, the report said.
The boats have been designed to conduct immediate strikes on enemy ships, said the report.
The new version of Zolfaghar boat is capable of launching missiles and sailing at a speed of 70 knots (82 mph), according to the report.
The Zolfaghar can operate in an average wave height of 1.21 meters while its missiles will effectively work at a height of 1. 25 meters, according to Press TV.
Iran has already said that it plans to mass-produce updated version of the Zolfaghar boats.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the boats, the defense minister said the Seraj is a fast and offensive rocket launcher designed for regions with tropical weather, according to the official IRNA news agency.
He said the boat enjoys high efficiency and maneuver power, adding that it is equipped with advanced electronic and telecommunications facilities.
The minister reiterated that the most advanced and modern technologies have been used in the designing and construction of the vessel, said IRNA.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, enjoying modern and complicated defense industries and its powerful and committed forces, is able to maintain the security of the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Hormuz Strait at the highest possible level, Vahidi was quoted as saying.
He said that the vessels would help strengthen Iran's defense capabilities and would be deployed to provide security to the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, said IRNA.
On Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled a home-made unmanned long-range, 4-meter-long bomber drone, dubbed Karrar, with the flight range of 1,000 km at a very high speed.
Iran has reiterated that its military capability enhancements have defensive and peaceful purposes.