Iran Receives Overhauled al-Sabehat-15 SDV

Iran Receives Overhauled al-Sabehat-15 SDV
Iran Receives Overhauled al-Sabehat-15 SDV

Iranian Navy received several overhauled military aircraft, Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDV), and a destroyer that Iranian experts have modernized. The equipment was handed over to the naval forces during a ceremony joined by the Deputy Chief of the Iranian Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, and other senior military figures Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas.


Iranian Navy received a Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King anti-submarine warfare helicopter, a turboprop Fokker F27 Friendship aircraft, medium-size British Hovercraft Corporation BH.7, optimized propulsion systems for Alvand destroyer as well as four newly overhauled al-Sabehat-15 SDVs.

He added that the indigenous al-Sabehat-15 SDVs had been repaired and equipped with advanced electro-optical systems.



The Al-Sabehat 15 submarine, unveiled in 2000, was promoted as Iran’s first indigenously constructed submarine. Both the Nahang and Yono classes predate a mini-submarine developed expressly for swimmer delivery. The Al-Sabehat 15 features a crew of two and three to seven divers. In many ways, its creation paved the path for later submarine work in Iran.

Iran Receives Overhauled al-Sabehat-15 SDV

The Al-Sabehat 15 was designed primarily for mining operations and reconnaissance flights. It can also be used to deploy special forces for several operations.

It is commonly understood that providing heat for both active and inactive divers during long, cold-water operations in swimmer delivery vehicles is essential. Alternative ways to meet this need for active heating have included thermoelectric heaters. These heaters use magnesium combustion, such as the Conox heater, propane/catalytic heating, and heating by direct electrical resistive means.

Iran Receives Overhauled al-Sabehat-15 SDV


The main current version of the Al-Sabehat 15 is operated by the Iranian Marines’ Special Boat Section (SBS) for beach reconnaissance in support of amphibious landings.