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Iran’s Army Adds More Than 1,000 New Combat Equipment

By Nigar Bayramli April 12, 2023

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The Iranian Army Ground Force took delivery of over 1,000 new equipment, including combat gear, missiles, vehicles and electronic warfare systems, on April 11, 2023. / Fars News Agency

The Iranian Army Ground Force took delivery of over 1,000 new equipment, including combat gear, missiles, vehicles and electronic warfare systems.

Air-to-surface Almas, which is fired from helicopters and drones at an 8 km distance, and its surface-to-surface version with a range of 4 km were among the weapons added to the Iranian Army’s arsenal, ahead of the annual parade on the Army Day, Fars News Agency reported on April 11.

Among the items that have gone into operation are Kian-800  tank transporter, pontoon bridges, a grenade launcher simulator, Arash electronic warfare system, a portable radar jamming system installed on Mohajer-6 drones, tactical command and control vehicles, transportation vehicles used to set up portable telecommunication stations, a tactical cellular system providing mobile network coverage, and Majid air defense system.

Qaem-1 and Qaem-5 bombs, also delivered to the Ground Force, are mounted on Mohajer-6 and Ababil drones.

Other products include Dehlaviyeh-2 anti-tank missiles, three night-vision optical systems, Shafaq chaff and flare countermeasure systems and missiles paired with Cobra attack helicopters, Fath-360 missile systems, smart shells with pinpoint accuracy, and various artillery weapons.

In addition, the Ground Force received small packable drones, which are categorised as "switchblade" as its wings can fold and open when required. The switchblade drone has a range of about 4 km and can fly for 20 minutes and attack its targets with 500-gram warheads.

Earlier, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) successfully tested the Meraj-532 kamikaze drone. Iran’s Tasnim News Agency carried video footage of the drone launched from a vehicle and hitting a target.

“The high-precision drone with a piston engine and a 50-kg warhead has a range of 450 km, can fly at an altitude of 12,000 feet for three hours and is an easy set-up model”, General Ali Kouhestani, Head of Research and Self-Sufficiency Organization of IRGC Ground Force, said on April 9.

He also unveiled plans to add new combat, training and suicide drones into operation for various missions carried out by the IRGC Ground Force units.