[Ed. – I have no doubt there is a funding line for this. I very much doubt anything meaningful will be happening in the next year. Sayyari frequently embellishes the real story of what the Iranian navy (i.e., the “regular” navy, of which he is in charge) is doing. It’s possible, of course, that the “destroyer” — actually a frigate, by size and capabilities — could meet an important construction milestone within a year. Iran has been successfully building the Mouj-class frigate for a while now.]
Iran says it is developing nuclear-powered submarines and building a new advanced destroyer for its navy, even as tensions rise with the United States over the Islamic Republic’s military expansion.
The commander of the Iranian navy told the country’s semiofficial news agency, Fars, Tuesday that Iran’s nuclear agency was under orders to start producing nuclear reactors for fueling and propulsion systems that could be used on ships and submarines.
Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the new destroyer would be more advanced than its two predecessors, Jamaran and Damavand. “I think that we will manage to accomplish this task in the current year,” he added.