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Mesbah-1 23mm towed anti-aircraft system with eight cannons
 
 
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Mesbah-1 Mesbah 1 23mm towed anti-aircraft eight-cannon technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos video anti-aircraft defence system Iran Iranian army defence industry military technology
 
Description

Mesbah 1 is Iranian-made anti-aircraft towed artillery 23mm cannon intended to defend military infrastructures against incoming cruise missiles and aerial threats. It was unveiled in May 2010 by Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi and hit its intended target successfully in the test. Vahidi reminded that the Mesbah 1 missile shield is also capable of tracing and intercepting Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs).

 
Variants
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Technical Data
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Armament

Mesbah-1 is composed of 4 ZU-23-2 guns (8 individual guns in total) installed on a rotatable mount wheeled carrier. Each autocannon has it's own feed magazine. Normal firing rate for ZU-23-2 is 2,000 rounds per minute, but the Mesbah-1 is reported to have a rate of 4000 rds/m instead of 8000 rds/m.

Mobility
The Mesbah-1 system is mounted on the same carrier as the Savamat 35mm. The whole system is tracked by a military truck. On road position the Mesbah-1 uses a four-wheel trailer. The trailer features two parts, the upper and the lower mount. The upper mount determines traverse of the guns, which is in the pivot bearing of the lower mount. The lower mount comprises the two-axle chassis and the outriggers with the levelling spindles for three-point support in the firing positions.
Radar and command systems
The Mesbah-1 is fully integrated with surveillance and targeting radar which is mounted on a towed cabin suitable for fixed site deployment. The Mesbah-1 uses Radar and IR/Optical sensors to find its target automatically. Its radar is described as 3D flat-antenna radar with a good accuracy that finds and traces the target and gives its position to the fire control system. Its automatic control system makes it need less crew to operate and its sophisticated tracking and tracing algorithms makes it able to engage small targets like incoming missiles. The Mesbah-1 uses a small Planar Array Radar, which can detect HARM (high-speed anti-radiation) missile from 30 km. The system also includes back-up EO tracking and fire control.
Even if Mesbah-1 uses only Electro Optical guidance then it can detect HARM in Infra-Red Thermal camera. 10 kilometers of detection range will give Mesbah-1 20 seconds to lock onto and shoot down the target. (10 kilometers target distance, 500 meters/second target speed, 20 second approaching time).
     
Mesbah-1 Mesbah 1 23mm towed anti-aircraft eight-cannon technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos video anti-aircraft defence system Iran Iranian army defence industry military technology
3D Planar Array Radar mounted on the top of enclosed operating shelter
     
Mesbah-1 Mesbah 1 23mm towed anti-aircraft eight-cannon technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos video anti-aircraft defence system Iran Iranian army defence industry military technology
Electro-optical tracking system mounted on a enclosed operating shelter
Combat use
The Mesbah-1 is a short range, radar-guided gun designed for short-range protection. Mesbah 1 is described being able to engage both fixed and rotatory wing aircraft and cruise missiles in low and very low altitudes.
 
Specifications
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Armament
Eight 23mm guns
Country users
Iran
Designer Country
Iran
Radar
Iranian tracking and tracing radar

Crew

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Mobility
Towed by truck
Effective range
3 km
Effective altitude
2 km
Elevation - Traverse
-?°/+?° - 360°
Rate of fire
8,000 rds/min
 
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Mesbah-1 Mesbah 1 23mm towed anti-aircraft eight-cannon technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos video anti-aircraft defence system Iran Iranian army defence industry military technology
Mesbah-1 Mesbah 1 23mm towed anti-aircraft eight-cannon technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos video anti-aircraft defence system Iran Iranian army defence industry military technology
Mesbah-1 Mesbah 1 23mm towed anti-aircraft eight-cannon technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos video anti-aircraft defence system Iran Iranian army defence industry military technology

 

Mesbah-1 Mesbah 1 23mm towed anti-aircraft eight-cannon technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos video anti-aircraft defence system Iran Iranian army defence industry military technology

Mesbah-1 Mesbah 1 23mm towed anti-aircraft eight-cannon technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos video anti-aircraft defence system Iran Iranian army defence industry military technology
 
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