Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 26
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Army's Ground Force received new homemade military equipments including 155mm self-propelled howitzer, 14.5 mm sniper rifle and armored vehicle.
The equipments were handed over to the units of the Army's Ground Force in the country's western and eastern regions on Aug. 26, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.
The 14.5mm sniper rifle dubbed Shaher was unveiled in 2012. The rifle is capable of targeting and destroying concrete strongholds, armored vehicles and choppers within the range of 3 kilometers.
The 155mm self-propelled howitzer dubbed Hoveyzeh is based on the American-made M109A1.
The howitzer is a rebuilt M-109A1 which has been built using scraped and decommissioned M-109s. Many parts of the vehicle are manufactured by the Iranian army defense industry.
Iranian army Groud Force also was equipped with armored vehicle armed with 23-mm cannon dubbed Sedad. The armored vehicle is Russian-made BTR-82 type.
Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.
Since 1992, Iran has manufactured its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes. Iran also unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2010.