Iran's Al-Sabehat Submarine Revisited
In August 2000, Iran launched its first domestically produced mini-submarine. The Iranian news agency said that the Al-Sabehat-15 submarine was designed to plant mines and carry out reconnaissance missions.
Jane's calls the Al Sabehat a swimmer delivery vehicle, ideal for covert, special-forces operations that could well be a prototype for larger mini-submarines of the future.
The BBC NEWS reported (upper image) that the sub can accommodate a two-man crew and up to three divers. What are the chances of technician-divers? How about peaceful atomic bomb technician-divers?
The XRAYDAR (lower image) shows what appears to be a Little Boy (as in, Hiroshima) type atomic bomb. That would be a 15 kilton atomic mine. I will sleep well tonight, because Tehran promises only peaceful uses for its atomic programs. How about you?