0139 GMT February 19, 2020
Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami signed a $500-million contract, under which the Defense Ministry has undertaken to manufacture 44 modern vessels for the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The defense minister said the agreement would do away with Iran's dependence on foreign countries to meet its needs for civilian vessels.
According to the contract, the Defense Ministry will manufacture various types of vessels with civilian application, including rescue and relief vessels, dredging ships, fireboats, marine pollution skimmers, as well as passenger boats for promoting the tourism industry.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sector.