New unknown MRAP vehicle unveiled by Iranian IRGC

The Iranian FARS news agency has published a picture showing an MRAP vehicle of the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) so far unknown, as it hasn’t appeared yet in an official parade, nor in military operations.
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New MRAP vehicle of the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) (Picture source: FARS)

This new MRAP is certainly built on the chassis of a previously existing vehicle in service with a foreign army but its local adaptation makes it hard to identify with certainty. The ballistic protection must be standard for an MRAP vehicle apparently used as an APC.

Since its origin as an ideologically driven militia, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution has taken a greater role in nearly every aspect of Iranian society. It is also an industrial empire with political clout. Its expanded social, political, military and economic role under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration—especially during the 2009 presidential election and post-election suppression of protest—has led many Western analysts to argue that its political power has surpassed even that of the country's Shia clerical system.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Ground Forces are the land force which the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), maintain in parallel to the regular army of Iran. In addition to their conventional military role, the revolutionary guards' ground forces are more geared towards internal disorder than the regular army. However, in late years, the IRGC Ground Forces and by extension the entire IRGC, have transitioned to becoming an expeditionary force, capable of projecting power abroad, through conventional military operations or via proxies and unconventional warfare. There are at least around 150,000 IRGC Ground Force troops. Following this transition, the Ground Forces structure remains focused on brigade levels units, supported by armored, air support (drone), artillery, intelligence and special forces formations.