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Iran unveils new home-made battle tank

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan praised the country’s state-of-the-art tank dubbed “Karrar”, saying that the domestically-manufactured tank is a clear sign of the high capability and creativity of the Defense Ministry’s experts.

Karrar

The tank dubbed “Karrar” has been completely designed and manufactured by the country’s defense ministry, according to media reports.

In the meantime, the country inaugurated the mass production line for producing the tank in Bani Hashem Defense Industrial Complex in Dorud city, Lorestan Province in western Iran.

Karrar is equipped with electro-optical fire control system, laser rangefinder, ballistic computer, and ability to fire at fixed and mobile targets during daytime and at night.

It is capable of moving through pits, rivers and under water and enjoys a navigation system that can be displayed for the tank driver.

The Karrar tank is capable of firing highly-precise laser-guided missiles, and can be operated by the gunner and commander from two parallel sites,” Dehqan said during the unveiling ceremony.

Karrar is a class of Iranian tanks that enjoys modern technologies. Its earlier version is already in service, together with other locally-made tanks like Zolfaqar.

The minister noted that the tank has a machine gun automation system for firing from inside the atrium under different conditions.

Given the similarities between Karrar and the Russian T-90 tank, some military experts claim that Iranian engineers reverse engineered the T-90 or gained access to some of its plans.

Dehqan earlier said that the home-made tank is as deadly, if not more powerful than the Russian T-90.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

Tehran has always assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

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