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Iranian Army’s Ground Forces unveil new military equipment

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian domestically-manufactured Aqareb wheeled battle tank

The Iranian Army has unveiled new domestically-manufactured military equipment ahead of National Army Day.

The military hardware unveiled on Wednesday in the presence of Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan included the Aqareb wheeled battle tank and a robot as well as Baher and Shaher sniper guns.  

The eight-wheeled Aqareb tank is equipped with a 90 mm-caliber cannon and can carry four military personnel.

It also features a state-of-the-art fire control system, an independent suspension system and eight active wheels.

Also, the robot unveiled is a 4x4 one capable of carrying two missiles and a load of up to 600 kilograms. The robot can carry out programmed operations and manage time.

Baher anti-aircraft sniper gun


Baher, a 23 mm-caliber anti-aircraft gun, is also capable of penetrating bulletproof vests. It weighs 62 kilograms, has a range of four kilometers and is operated by a crew of three personnel.  

Shaher is a 14.5mm sniper rifle, which has a maximum effective range of three kilometers. The 24-kilogram weapon is operated by three personnel.

Among the military hardware unveiled on Wednesday was an ultra-light combat vehicle which can travel with a speed of 100 and 130 kilometers per hour in side roads and gravel roads respectively.

The single-seat vehicle weighs 4 tonnes and has an effective operational radius of 400 kilometers.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

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


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