Iran to Unveil New Home-Made Weapons Soon


Defence & Security News - Iran

Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:36 AM
Iran to Unveil New Home-Made Weapons Soon
The Iranian Army’s Ground Forces are poised to unveil two newly-developed military hardware, the commander of the forces says. "An infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) equipped with a cannon and a 23-mm sniper rifle are to be unveiled soon as two new products of the Army’s Ground Forces,” Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said on Wednesday, September 17.

Iranian armed forces with armoured vehicle BTR-60s during a military parade in Tehran

Brigadier General Pourdastan explained that Ground Force experts are now in the final stages of building the cannoned personnel-carrier.

As regards the capabilities of the 23-mm sniper rifle, General Pourdastan said, "This weapon is unprecedented in the world due to its power and capabilities." He noted that the Iranian Ground Force experts are also working on a domestically-made tank dubbed as Samsam to optimize its movement and shooting capabilities.

In recent years, Iran has taken great strides in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

On September 1, Iran unveiled two domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art radar systems – Arash-2 and Kayhan – capable of detecting stealth aircraft and long-distance targets.

Kayhan, which is a two-dimensional radar system, is capable of detecting and tracking hostile aerial targets, including conventional aircraft and stealth jets that fly on high altitudes. The Arash-2 radar system can track targets at an altitude of around 100,000 feet.

Iran is also set to unveil later this month a new indigenous surface-to-air missile defense system named Talash-3, which was successfully test-fired recently.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other states, saying that its defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.


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