New pictures released of the Iranian Karrar Main Battle Tank

According to information published by Mojnews on August 26, 2022, new pictures of the Iranian Armed Forces' Karrar Main Battle Tank have been released during a visit of the Chief Justice of Iran, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i.
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Iranian Armed Forces' Karrar Main Battle Tank. (Picture source: Mizan)

The Karrar is an Iranian third-generation main battle tank. The tank was announced in 2016. At the announcement, it was stated that it possessed an electro-optical fire control system, a laser rangefinder, ballistic computer and could fire at both stationary and mobile targets in day or night.

The Karrar was announced following failed negotiations to obtain a licence and the technology to produce Russian T-90MS tanks. It is based on the Soviet-made T-72, and attempts to incorporate elements of the T-90, American M1 Abrams, and British Challenger 2. It's being manufactured at the Bani Hashim Defense Industrial Complex.

The main armament of the Karrar consists of a 125 mm smoothbore gun fitted with a fume extractor and a thermal sleeve. A remotely operated weapon station armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun is mounted on the roof of the turret. The main gun is able to fire anti-tank laser-guided missiles. A carousel autoloader is also present, removing the need of a loader.

Karrar is equipped with a 1000 hp engine. MBT's power to weight ratio is about 20 hp per tonne as a result, and it's speed is stated to be around 70 km/h. External fuel tanks can be attached to the rear in order to extend its range. The range without fuel drums is 500–550 km, but at least 200–280 km further with fuel drums.