As modelled in: 1965-1979 Database 1.08
Communications & Datalinks
Cross-section (Sensor Signatures)
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Notes: These Swedish craft were ordered in 1983 ostensibly as “customs boats”, upon delivery they were armed and given to the Pasadran (Revolutionary Guard Corps). This force is an independent branch of the Iranian military that answers directly to the religious leadership. It is equipped with ships, tanks, fighter jets, artillery, and most recently missiles. It cooperates with the regular Iranian army, navy, and air force; but operates parallel to them.
The Boghammars are quite useful, being armed with a variety of light weapons; up to 895lbs worth. They are versatile, cheap, fast, easy to man and maintain, and hard to hit. They are homeported at Pasadran stations at Farsi, Sirri, Abu Musa island, and Bandar-Abbas. They can also operate from oil rigs in the Gulf, and can be shuttled around by Hengam class LSTs.
The Torgah class is slightly larger and is being built in Iran to replace the Boghammars as they wear out. They are powered by Seatek diesels. Starting in 1996, theBoghammars also began to be re-engined with Seateks.
Combat usage: Boghammars were the scourge of shipping in the Gulf during the 1980s, attacking everything from small dhows to huge tankers, the largest being the Japanese 258,000 ton supertanker Shuho Maru. The Pasadran crews showed no regard for the nationality of the target vessels; attacking the Soviet freighter Ivan Korotoyev and the American tanker MV Patriot in 1987.
A number were sunk by Iraqi aircraft, but the type’s most memorable battles were against US forces. In October 1987, a number were sunk by US Navy A-6E Intruders with CBU-59 cluster bombs. US Army MH-6 special forces helicopters flying off the chartered civilian barges Hercules and Wimbrown 7 attacked more of the type, sinking a number with cannon fire and unguided rockets. One of these was raised and examined by US forces.
Displacement: 7t full
Machinery: 2 Volvo Penta TAMD71A diesels, 2 shafts
Max Speed: 46kts
Range: 500NM @ 40kts
Varies: The class has been seen with multiple .50 cal machine guns; or a single 106mm recoilless rifle, or a single 12-barreled MLRS. It is possible the ML2 weapon system may have been fitted to some since 2003.
Navigation radar (I) 15-18NM (A variety of commercial navigation designs are carried.)
Boghammar class FAC