Iranian army to unveil new home-made military equipment and combat vehicles 2104141


Defence & Security News - Iran

Monday, April 21, 2014 10:28 AM
Iranian army to unveil new home-made military equipment and combat vehicles.
The Iranian Army's Ground Force unveiled a series of new achievements in a ceremony in Tehran today, two days after the National Army Day. Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.


Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan unveiled Moharram 6-barrel weapon, smart composite armor, optimized Sabalan tanks, Howitzer cannons and four-wheel-drive Zoljenah tactical vehicle.

Earlier this week, Brigadier General Pourdastan underlined that Tehran is facing no problem in building and supplying the weapons needs of its Armed Forces.

"Thanks to the efforts of the defense industries' experts, today the Armed Forces, specially the Army, is not facing any weapons problem," Pourdastan said in Tehran on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, he noted the new achievements of the Iranian defense industries, and said the country's experts have built a weapon for ground units named 'Moharram' with the fire power of 2,000 bullets per minute, adding that that only a handful number of states are in possession of this weapon.

"Also using liquid armor, a bulletproof jacket has been built by experts which has reduced the weight of the jacket to one tenth of its predecessors," Pourdastan added.

The Iranian Army also unveiled a home-made battle tank dubbed Sabalan. Iran’s Sabalan tank has been designed based on the experience and know-how gained from designing the indigenous Zolfaqar and Samsam battle tanks. The tank is armed with a 105mm smoothbore gun, state-of-the-art fire control system and sophisticated communications systems.

A 155mm Howitzer dubbed Hoveyzeh and a superheavy tactical vehicle named Zoljanah were two other military pieces that were showcased on Sunday. A howitzer is a type of artillery piece characterized by a relatively short barrel and the use of comparatively small propellant charges to propel projectiles at relatively high trajectories with a steep angle of descent.

Iranian army has also unveiled new tactical truck, named Zoljanah. This new tactical vehicle has five axles, of which the first two and the last are controllable. It can cross rivers and streams to a depth of 1.5 meters, and carry a maximum load of 30 tons.

The Iranian army has recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.