Iran’s submarine force is by far the most numerous and technically capable arm of its navy and slated to remain so for the foreseeable future given Tehran's geopolitical investment in the Gulf region.
In addition to the 533 mm torpedo tubes that are standard across Iran’s submarine force, Iranian state media reports that the Fateh vessels--of which there are two at the time of writing--can fire anti-ship cruise missiles from a submerged position.
The limited range of Iran’s diesel-electric submarines is irrelevant in the confines of the Gulf, while their near-undetectability mine-laying capability makes them ideal candidates for patrol and ambush operations against hostile surface vessels.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of Iran’s submarine roster is its sheer size, especially in relation to the rest of its navy.
More From The National Interest: Russia Has Missing Nuclear Weapons Sitting on the Ocean Floor How China Could Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Where World War III Could Start This Year How the F-35 Stealth Fighter Almost Never Happened The National Interest previously looked at this nuanced question with overviews of Iran’s and .
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