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Iran unveils smart laser-guided projectile

Source: Tehran Times

Iran's Defense Industries Organization unveiled a domestically manufactured smart laser-guided projectile, named the Basir (discerning), during a ceremony held on Monday ahead of the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations (February 1-11) marking the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi (file photo)

"This ammunition is guided by laser and has been designed and manufactured by Defense Industries Organization's capable and competent experts for the first time in the country," Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said during the ceremony.

"This smart ammunition is capable of hitting and destroying bridges, tanks, military equipment, command posts, and moving targets," he explained.

"The built-in laser system of this ammunition can track, identify, locate, and determine the distance of intended targets," he said.

Brigadier General Vahidi added that the ammunition can also be used in the battles which take place in mountainous areas and can destroy heavily fortified bunkers and the enemy's defense systems.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that the Defense Ministry has a strategic plan to upgrade, indigenize, and modernize the military equipment that are in possession of the armed forces and design and produce modern weapon systems required to defend the country.

In addition, the defense minister said that Iran is currently the world's fifth-leading producer of smart weapons.

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