Iran starts designing nuclear submarine engine

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The Hindu : News / International : Iran starts designing nuclear submarine engine


With indigenously developed technologies

Iran has commenced work on designing a nuclear submarine engine by pooling in elements of domestically developed technologies and using them for wider applications.

Senior naval commander, Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini, told the semi-official Fars News Agency (FNA) that the advances in civilian nuclear technology for use in power generation, agriculture and medicine had laid the foundations for the development of nuclear-fuelled submarines. "Since we have peaceful nuclear technology, we can put on the agenda the building of engine systems for nuclear submarines," said Admiral Zamani.

The Iranian commander added that Iran intended to develop "super-heavy nuclear-powered submarines," that could weigh around 18,750 tonnes.

Iran's recent experiences in successfully repairing heavy conventional submarines could yield useful know-how for the project. The website of the pro-government Kayhan International newspaper cited a statement in May by Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that Iran had repaired heavy submarines, which had amply demonstrated lengthy blue-water endurance.

He pointed out that the Iranian navy's Tareq-class submarine had sailed in international waters and high-seas for 68 days after completing its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Iran has a fleet of 23 submarines, including three Russian Kilo-class attack vessels, and 12 midget submarines.

In tune with its advancements in nuclear technology, Tehran is considering joint ventures with other countries for developing new atomic power plants to meet a production target of 20,000 megawatts.

Iranian leaders have said that they would not hesitate to leverage some these gains to advance their diplomatic influence in their neighbourhood. Iran's Deputy Minister of Energy, Mohammad Behzad said on Monday apart from "electricity produced by thermal, gas-fuelled, combined cycle, and hydropower plants, nuclear electricity has been added to the country's power export basket".

Iran's forays in nuclear technology are adding a sharper edge to Western concerns about the possible development of atomic weapons by Tehran. But a telephonic conversation on Monday between the European foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who represents the six global powers, and Saeed Jalili, Iran's pointperson for the nuclear talks, signalled ahead of the June 18-19 talks in Moscow that the West was ready to exercise some flexibility. The Iranian daily Tehran Times is reporting that Ms. Ashton agreed during the conversation that the six powers, which include the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, were ready to discuss Iran's five proposals on nuclear and non-nuclear issues. The daily added that Iran wants the P5+1 group to officially acknowledge Tehran's right to nuclear enrichment. It added that Iran is ready to negotiate with the group, its 20 per nuclear enrichment activities. Iran's level of uranium enrichment is of major international concern, as enrichment beyond a 90 per cent level can yield fissile material that can be used in atomic warheads.
 

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yeah make it before Pakistan, Iran has all the money................:thumb:
 

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Good luck Iranian people. You are the only hope for moderation in the gulf. Death to Ayatollah's though.
 

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The Iranian commander added that Iran intended to develop "super-heavy nuclear-powered submarines," that could weigh around 18,750 tonnes.
That displacement seems unbelievable, more than 4X that of Kilo. Could such a vessel be launched and operated in Iranian waters?
 

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That displacement seems unbelievable, more than 4X that of Kilo. Could such a vessel be launched and operated in Iranian waters?
Possible. It could also be an admission of the fact that they don't have the tech to build a reactor that is small enough. Hence they have to build a large hull to accommodate the reactor
 

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High hopes I would say. Truly a :facepalm: moment. India has operated subs for years and still starting with a 6KT sub and it took India with advanced nuclear industry quite a lot of work to get a submarine class reactor working. We still have a long way to go to create a reactor for next class of subs that will be bigger than Arihant.
 

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They have just started thinking building such a big sub so lets see when and what they come up with in reality.
 

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High hopes I would say. Truly a :facepalm: moment. India has operated subs for years and still starting with a 6KT sub and it took India with advanced nuclear industry quite a lot of work to get a submarine class reactor working. We still have a long way to go to create a reactor for next class of subs that will be bigger than Arihant.
Persians are very intelligent people and are very strong in theoretical sciences and mathematics. They have been that way for centuries. Don't ever underestimate them. Despite 40 years of sanctions they still have an active research program and seem to be opening a new facility every other year.
 

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High hopes I would say. Truly a :facepalm: moment. India has operated subs for years and still starting with a 6KT sub and it took India with advanced nuclear industry quite a lot of work to get a submarine class reactor working. We still have a long way to go to create a reactor for next class of subs that will be bigger than Arihant.
you have nothing to worry about India will have a star ship battle cruiser before mullahs mange to build a nuclear submarine
 

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you have nothing to worry about India will have a star ship battle cruiser before mullahs mange to build a nuclear submarine
We don't have anything to worry about even if they make one.
 

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Persians are very intelligent people and are very strong in theoretical sciences and mathematics. They have been that way for centuries. Don't ever underestimate them. Despite 40 years of sanctions they still have an active research program and seem to be opening a new facility every other year.
Not underestimating them. BTW they had to rely on Chinese blueprints to start making the bomb.
 

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you have nothing to worry about India will have a star ship battle cruiser before mullahs mange to build a nuclear submarine
pl, just figure out a way to covertly take out the tollahs and their henchmen and iran could be israels biggest ally in the region.
 

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