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Iran Army Ground Force unveils military robot among 7 new achievements

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The Caracal military robot is put on display during a ceremony in Tehran on September 27, 2020 to unveil the Army Ground Force’s new achievements. (Photo by IRNA)

The Iranian Army Ground Force has rolled out seven new completely indigenous and high-tech military achievements, including a robot that can carry light to semi-heavy weaponry.

The achievements were unveiled on Sunday in the presence of the force’s Commander Brigadier General Kioumars Heydari, and Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Aviation, Second Brigadier General Yousef Qorbani.

The robot has been named Caracal after a type of wild cat that can be found in parts of Iran. The automaton, which has been designed for ground warfare, has a top speed of 30 kilometers (18 miles) per hour, and has an operating range that exceeds 500 meters (0.3 mile).

Caracal is equipped with an independent suspension system, smart remote control mechanism, laser rangefinder and an optical system.

The ceremony also wheeled out Hadaf (Goal)-2, a new missile launcher with a canister capable of holding and firing two missiles at the same time. The launcher can be used for rapid deployment purposes and is fitted with an automatic leveler that can help it identify the best possible location for deployment.

The Ground Force also inaugurated the Gohar (Gem) 4WD vehicle that is empowered to carry as much as 500 kilograms (1102 lb) off-road, and travel as far as 700 kilometers (434 miles) at a maximum speed of 120 kilometers (74 miles) per hour.

Gohar can also travel across 70-grade lengthwise and 35-grade edgewise slopes and wade into waters that run 80 centimeters deep.

Chabok (Agile), an extremely fast frequency shuffling system, was another item that was put on display during the event. The apparatus provides a highly secure link among ground and airborne communication devices by changing the frequencies traveling between them at a 200,000-per-second rate, thus blocking all radar jamming attempts by the enemy.

The ceremony also featured unveiling of piston engines for drones with capacities ranging from 40 to 400 milliliters. At the former capacity, the engines can fly a 30-kilogram (66-lb) drone.

A relief and rescue robot dubbed Masih (Messiah) and a new tank carrier were also exhibited at the event.

The Ground Force’s commander hailed Messiah as a remarkable helping hand for the military’s medical staff, who are busy fighting the new coronavirus pandemic.

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