The “Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis” battleship is the second Iranian warship of the “Martyr Qasem Soleimani” type, and is distinguished by its invisibility from radars and the ability to sail for 14 days and two thousand nautical miles, with the help of its four engines that raise its speed to 37 nautical knots to provide a protection umbrella for the warships that… Accompany her on the high seas.
The “Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis” battleship is considered the second warship of the “Martyr Qasem Soleimani” class of ships manufactured with local Iranian capabilities, after the Revolutionary Guard included the first type of it under the title of the “Martyr Soleimani” ship in September 2022.
The Commander of the Revolutionary Guard Navy, Brigadier General Ali Reza Tangsiri, had revealed in June 2023 that the relevant authorities in his country were building 4 warships of the “Martyr Soleimani” type.
The Iranian Soleimani-class battleships are distinguished by their double hull design, which gives them more stability in the face of strong waves and increases their speed. The sharp angles used in the design of its external structure make detection by enemy radars a very difficult task.
It took 15 months to build the Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis battleship, but the Revolutionary Guard Naval Force, which supervised the manufacturing stages, confirmed after the unveiling of the battleship that it had become capable of manufacturing three models of it within one year.
On January 6, 2024, Iran announced that the battleship “Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis” had joined the Southern Fleet of the Revolutionary Guard Navy in a ceremony in the port of “Bandar Abbas” on the northern bank of Gulf waters, attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Guard, Major General Hussein Salami, and the Commander of the Revolutionary Guard Naval Force, Brigadier General. Ali Reza Tangsiri.
The battleship was named after the Iraqi leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, Vice President The popular crowdwho was assassinated by the United States of America in early 2020, along with the former leader For the Quds Force Iranian Revolutionary Guard Major General Qassem Soleimani On the road to Baghdad International Airport.
The Commander of the Revolutionary Guards Naval Force, Brigadier General Ali Reza Tangsiri, revealed that the battleship Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis is equipped with four marine engines to carry out the tasks assigned to it on the high seas at a speed of 37 nautical knots, confirming that this naval vessel will be equipped with launching platforms for sea-to-sea cruise missiles with various ranges ranging from 35 And 750 kilometers to destroy enemy strategic targets.
The Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis battleship weighs 600 tons and carries 16 short-range missiles and 4 long-range missiles, explaining that the battleship is capable of stability in front of waves at the sixth level, as well as stability in the naval battlefield at the fifth level.
Some Iranian media outlets, especially news agencies close to the Revolutionary Guards, explained another aspect of the technical specifications of the Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis battleship, including:
- It includes a section dedicated to medical operations.
- Equipped with all rescue and supply equipment.
- Design 3 surfaces on board dedicated to different functions.
Officials in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy mentioned that the features of the Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis battleship are:
- Able to maneuver and hide from radars (stealth).
- Sailing on the high seas and over long distances.
- Equipped with systems for air defense and dealing with hostile targets.
- Launching missiles vertically and directing them towards enemy targets without the need to turn the battleship.
- Equipped with 20 and 30 mm automatic and semi-automatic missile and artillery launchers for air defense and dealing with hostile targets.
- Sailing for 14 consecutive days over two thousand nautical miles.
- The ability to carry, land and take off VTOL helicopters and launch combat drones day and night.