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Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan attends the unveiling ceremony for Iran’s domestically-manufactured  sniper rifle Shaaher, September 29, 2012.

Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan attends the unveiling ceremony for Iran’s domestically-manufactured sniper rifle Shaaher, September 29, 2012.

Iran has officially unveiled a long-range sniper rifle and a heavy tactical vehicle manufactured by Iranian military experts. The Shaaher long-range sniper and Neinava tactical vehicle were unveiled during a ceremony in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday, attended by Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan. The 14.5 mm-caliber sniper rifle has an effective range of three kilometers (km) and a useful range of four km. The weapon, which is 185 centimeters long and weighs 22 kilograms, requires three operators for efficient use. Pourdastan told reporters that the 2.5-ton Neinava tactical vehicle is designed to transport troops and equipment. The vehicle, which boasts a 240-horsepower engine, is seven meters long, 2.5 meters wide and 2.8 meters high, and can carry up to 5 tons of load on ordinary roads and 2.5 tons on all kinds of terrain. The Iranian commander went on to say that Zolfaqar tanks are among the newest combat vehicles designed and produced by the Army experts. Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems over the past decades. On September 24, the Islamic Republic also unveiled Hoveyzeh ultralight armored vehicle and Talaeiyeh armored personnel carrier during a ceremony attended by Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi. HSN/HGH/SS