Iranian army will continue to optimize local made Zulfiqar tank against modern threats 0809121

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Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10:09 AM
 
Iranian army will continue to optimize local made Zulfiqar main battle tank against modern threats.
Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said the country continues optimizing the home-made Zulfiqar tanks in a bid to upgrade its capabilities against modern threats. "Each day we work on a newer version of Zulfiqar tanks so that the tank could maintain its efficiency in the battlefield and ground defense," Pourdastan told FNA on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
     
Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said the country continues optimizing the home-made Zulfiqar tanks in a bid to upgrade its capabilities against modern threats. "Each day we work on a newer version of Zulfiqar tanks so that the tank could maintain its efficiency in the battlefield and ground defense," Pourdastan told FNA on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
The latest generation of Iranian-made Zulfiqar-3 main battle tank

     

"We certainly make changes in Zulfiqar tanks in accordance to threats and prepare it and make it an advanced tank in accordance with our battleground needs," Pourdastan stated.

In April 2012, Pourdastan underlined the army's high capability to produce different hi-tech military tools and weapons, including a modern fire-control system mounted on the home-made Zulfiqar Tanks.

"The (new) fire control system of Zulfiqar tank has been manufactured and unveiled and the laser telemetry devices have also been mounted onto the tanks. Zulfiqar can now vie with the world's most advanced tanks," Pourdastan told reporters at the time.

Zulfiqar is a second generation of Iran's main battle tank (MBT). The test prototypes of the tank were evaluated in 1993. Six semi-industrial prototypes of the tank were produced and tested in 1997. The tank has a distinctive box-shaped, steel-welded turret of local design. Zulfiqar combat weight is reported to be 36 tons and has a 780 hp diesel engine; the tank has a 21.7 hp per ton ratio.

Zulfiqar is operated by a crew of three personnel. The automatic loader is believed to be the same one from the T-72 tank.

The Zulfiqar-1 uses a fire control system which enjoys a 'fire-on-the-move' technology. The Zulfiqar mounts a laser-warning pod on the turret. Its design enables the tank to use an Iranian-made package of reactive armor.

Zulfiqar-2 is a prototype tank used as a test bed. The Zulfiqar-3 also features considerable upgrades to the fire control system, chassis, engine and main gun, with a 125mm autoloader.

     
The first generation of Iranian-made main battle tank Zulfiqar
The first generation of Iranian-made main battle tank Zulfiqar
     
Iranian-made Zulfiqar-2 main battle tank
Iranian-made Zulfiqar-2 main battle tank
 

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