It is not something you see every day. A video outside of Iran shows an attack submarine being towed through the Iranian desert. It’s a short video, which doesn’t show much; however, it is long enough to ask questions about the engineering that took place even to consider transporting it by truck across the country. It’s a huge machine that tips the scales at 2,300 tonnes. What is towing it? A team of cargo trucks.
We can see at least two daisies of trucks changed together that are attached to the huge makeshift trailer. It’s hard to say how many wheels it has, however Popular mechanics, who discovered the tweet, suggested a total of 88 wheels. However, we would not doubt if this number is closer to 100 considering the length of the submarine – 238 feet (72 meters). It’s still a lot of weight for each tire to hold.
The submarine is also not to be taken into account. It is a Russian built Kilo class submarine which is 9.7 meters high and 5.9 meters wide. The Iranian Navy purchased three of these submarines from the early to mid-1990s. It employs a crew of 52 people and can stay at sea for up to 45 days. It can reach depths of up to 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) deep, these Tenders operate much closer to shore than other attack submarines.
According to PopMech, Iran is moving the sub 15 miles (24 km) from its Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries complex to its base in Bandar Abbas. However, it is unclear why the ship could not get there by sea. Moving it overland would seem to require considerable effort and coordination.
Either way, seeing the massive submarine head for the road would be quite the sight to behold. Video isn’t the most accurate representation, but it’s hard to deny how massive the submarine is still compared to the people walking around.