Source: Press TV
Commander of Iranian Army Ground Forces says the homegrown Zolfaqar tank can rival Russian T-72S tanks. "The upgraded Zolfaqar tank rivals Russian T-72S," Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan said on Monday after Zolfaqar and M60 tanks were unveiled in a ceremony marking the victory in 1979 of the Islamic Revolution.
Two Army soldiers ride an Iranian Zolfaqar tank unveiled in Tehran on Monday, February 4, 2013.
"Despite massive sanctions, domestic experts have developed this tank and upgraded it to match [conditions in different] battlefields," the general said.
Pourdastan stated that the regular Army has also designed M47 tank, which will be unveiled in a year under the designation of Sabalan.
On January 15, Pourdastan had said that the fire control system and the stabilizer of the new version of the Zolfaqar tank had been upgraded, adding that the tank would be mass-produced after receiving the approval of the office of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
The Zolfaqar tank has a distinctive steel-welded turret and is operated by a crew of three.
The tank is armed with a 125mm smoothbore 2A46 gun, which is fitted with a fume extractor. Its secondary armament consists of a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a 12.7mm machine gun.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
On February 2, Iran unveiled the indigenous Qaher-313 advanced fighter jet, which is ultra-advanced and capable of evading radars.
Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying that the Islamic Republic's defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.
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