Nahang (Whale) is an Iranian built diesel-electric submarine. Unveiled
for the first time in 2006, its design and construction were said to
have involved 220 researchers, and 1.2 million hours of scientific and
Nahang is a midget submarine with mockups showing it carrying its armament
(primarily mines) externally. Iranian authorities also described the
Nahang as having an anti-ship missile capability. Another possibility
is that these submarines are not armed but instead operated as a mother
submarine for at least two swimmer delivery vehicles such as the e Ghavasi
class Chariot which are carried in two pods below the waterline.
Reportedly this submarine is deployed in the Caspian Sea but transport
to the Gulf region overland is feasible. Its exact mission is unknown
but the most common suggested is mine laying or insertion of special
While most open sources indicate one unit was ever built, some sources
report that 2 submarines of this class have actually been built.
larger than the Ghadir class, this submarine is more conventional in design
aside from the weapons mounting external to the hull in drop collars.
Control surfaces on the stern consist of cruciform fins while a pair of
dive planes are mounted on the sail.
as the "Hoot" (Speculated)
(according to Iranian authorities)
Vehicle (e Ghavasi class) to deploy special forces (Speculated)