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Iran’s indigenous Ababil missile showcased for first time in Russia expo

A replica of Iran’s domestically-manufactured Ababil ballistic missile is displayed at Russia’s Army-2023 International Military-Technical Forum near the capital Moscow on August 14, 2023. (Photo by Tasnim)

Iran's domestically-manufactured Ababil ballistic missile has for the first time been put on display at a military exhibition in Russia, alongside a range of other cutting-edge Iranian military equipment, including drones and electronic warfare systems.

The missile, which is akin to Zahir missile of the Aerospace Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was showcased at Russia’s Army-2023 International Military-Technical Forum in Patriot Park near the capital Moscow on Monday.

Ababil is 3.7 meters long and weighs 240 kilograms with a 45- kilogram warhead. The missile has a range of 86 kilometers and can be equipped with a terrestrial optical seeker.

The Islamic Republic also presented a series of its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), along with electronic warfare (EW) and radio reconnaissance systems at the military expo in Russia.

Shahed-129 drone

The Iranian Defense Ministry also showcased the replicas of its homegrown drones such as Mojajer-6, Karrar, Arash-2, and Shahed-129, Saba-248 helicopter, Yasin training jet, Zolfaqar missile-launching speedboat and Fateh submarine.

At the ministry’s stand in the international exposition, the IRGC Aerospace Force put on display a number of military equipment such as Zuhair ballistic missile, Sepehr-813 radar, Khordad 3rd air defense system, and Shahed-129 and Shahed-133 drones.

Sepehr-813 radar system

The stand also featured the Shahin combined-type UAV, Iran’s first domestically-manufactured digital drone. Equipped with five electronic engines, the drone is capable of being in motion for two to three hours, reaching a maximum flight altitude of about four kilometers.

The Hunter-2 EW system capable of detecting aircraft-type drones from a distance of up to 200 kilometers and the СМ-300 anti-ship cruise missile system were also on display at the Iranian Defense Ministry’s stand at the international exposition.

Iran also for the first time showcased a replica of its Tactical Sayayd air defense system in the Russian exhibition.

The exhibition, organized by the Russian Defense Ministry, is held on August 14-20. About 1,500 leading Russian defense enterprises take part in the event and as many as 85 foreign companies and organizations from seven countries plan to participate in the forum.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in developing a broad range of military equipment, making the Armed Forces self-sufficient in the defense sector.

Iranian officials have repeatedly said that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing that such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.

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