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Iran unveils laser-guided ammunition
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi
Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:15PM
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Basir is designed to destroy tanks, military vehicles, bridges, and other moving or non-moving targets with high precision. It is also capable of identifying and locating targets."

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi

Islamic Republic of Iran has unveiled smart laser-guided ammunition dubbed "Basir" manufactured by the country's military experts.


Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi attended the unveiling ceremony in the capital Tehran on Monday.

The general said that it is the first time that such ammunition has been designed and manufactured by Iranian experts in the Defense Industry Organization.

He added that Basir is designed to destroy tanks, military vehicles, bridges, and other moving or non-moving targets with high precision. It is also capable of identifying and locating targets.

General Vahidi noted that the projectile, which has a range of 20 km, is very useful in mountainous areas.

Iran is among top five countries capable of producing smart weapons using indigenous technology, he added.

The Islamic Republic has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems in recent years.

Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.

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