Marking the third day of massive joint military exercises, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Ground Force has employed an advanced homegrown tank dubbed Karrar for the first time.
Karrar, an upgraded version of the T-72m tanks, came into service during the Great Prophet 17 joint drills in the country’s southern coasts on Wednesday.
The new tank is furnished with special coatings to withstand heatwaves and can hide from heat-seeking missiles. It is also equipped with GPS navigation systems.
The Great Prophet 17 drills kicked off on Monday, covering the coastlines of the southern Iranian provinces of Hormozgan, Bushehr, and Khuzestan.
The IRGC Ground Force’s special units practiced their defensive skills in Lark Island.
They used new weapons and military equipment as well as new tactics to carry out offensive and defensive operations.
After receiving intelligence on the hypothetical enemy, they hit the identified targets with heavy and semi-heavy weapons.
Iran’s Armed Forces hold routine military exercises throughout the year.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in developing and manufacturing a broad range of domestically-manufactured equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.