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Joined: 24 Apr 2006 Posts: 330 Location: Indiana, USA
Posted: Mon May 01, 2006 9:35 am Post subject: Iranian DRAGON and TOW copies
I guarantee you will find the following two brochures interesting. What everyone in the US Army is trying to figure out is "Why on earth would the Iranians want to copy the DRAGON?????"
Jack E. Hammond
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Iranian copy of the DRAGON which they also offer for export. The US Army and US Marines were unbelievably happy to retired the DRAGON. Its percentage chance of a hit was extremely low, even for a well trained US Marine DRAGON gunner who were given more missiles to practice with than the US Army.
Iranian Copy of the 1st generation TOW missiles. This came as a shock to the US Army as they thought that when an Iranian ambassador on a US talk show stated they did not need US TOWs as they produced their own they thought he was referring to the Russian SAGGER. There is one difference though. Note the missile container. It looks more like the container used for the early Chinese RED ARROW 1 which was a cross between a MILAN and HOT. The brochure states it can defeat reactive armor boxes so the extendable probe must have a small HEAT warhead to predetonate reactive armor boxes like the TOW-2A. While offered for export in the ground launcher version the Iranians most likely decided to reverse engineer (ie what we call in plain English "copying") the TOW due to the needs of their AH-1 Super Cobras that Iran acquired before November 1979. The Iranians admit with no reservation that if it had not been for the TOW armed Cobras Iran would have lost the war to Iraq. It was the only thing that stopped the Iraq armored assaults.
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