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Iranian Army
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Iranian Army
List of current divisions
Structure of the Iranian Army
Equipment
Historical Equipment
Current Equipment
History
History of the Iranian Army
Timeline of the Iranian Army
Personnel
List of senior officers
Officer rank insignia
Warrant officer rank insignia
Enlisted rank insignia

Contents

The Iranian Army is the national army of Iran. ... Image File history File links Artesh_Logo. ... The Iranian Army is the national army of Iran. ...


Introduction

From 1925 to the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Iran used to be equipped with the very latest Western hardware. Cases exist where Iran was supplied with equipment even before it was made standard in the countries that developed it (for example the US F-14 Tomcat, or the British Chieftain Tank). The Iran-Iraq War, and post revolutionary sanctions at the time had a dramatic effect on Iran's inventory of western equipment. Under the pressures of war all supplies were quickly exausted and replacements became increasingly difficult to come by. Despite severe concerns regarding quality and effective design, the war eventually forced Iran to turn towards the Soviet Union and China to meet its short term military requirements. Nevertheless, the experience of using advanced and high quality western equipment was not lost on any of the branches of the Iranian armed forces. Severely disappointed by the inferior Russian and eastern equipment, Iran sought to develop its own ability to mirror the high technology of the west and to provide a totally reliable source of equipment for the future. Protestors take to the street in support of Ayatollah Khomeini. ... An F-14 Tomcat The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a United States Navy supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-seat strike fighter. ... Combatants Iran Iraq Commanders Strength Casualties Est. ...


Initial developments in every field of military technology were carried out with the technical support of Russia, China, and North Korea to lay the foundations for future industries. Iranian reliance on these countries has rapidly decreased over the last decade in most sectors where Iran has sought to work in total independence; however, in some sectors such as the Aerospace sector Iran is still greatly reliant on external help. Iran has, at present, developed an uncanny ability to reverse engineer existing foreign hardware, improve it to its own requirements and then manufacture the finished product. Examples of this are the Boragh and the IAMI Azarakhsh. The IAMI Azarakhsh (Persian: آذرخش, lightning) is Irans fist domestically manufactured combat aircraft. ...


Hardware

Missile Systems

Soviet Scud Iranian Shahab-1 (Indigenous) Iranian Shahab-2 (Indigenous) Iranian Shahab-3 (Indigenous) Iranian Shahab-3D (Indigenous) Polish missile wz. ... The Shahab-1 was the foundation of the long-range Iranian missile program. ... Shahab-3b The Shahab-3 is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) developed indigenously by Iran. ... Little is known about the Shahab-3D, as opposed to its predecessor the Shahab-3. ...


Tanks

Chinese Type 59 Chinese Type 69 Soviet T-55s, T-62s, T-72s Iranian Tosan Iranian Zulfiqar-1 The Chinese Type 59 Main Battle Tank is a copy of the ubiquitous Russian T-55/54 medium tank. ... The Chinese Type 69 and Type 79 tanks were developments of the Type 59, which in turn was a copy of the Soviet T-54/55 series of tanks. ... The T-54 and T-55 main battle tanks were the Soviet Unions replacements for the World War II era T-34 tank. ... The T-62 Soviet main battle tank is a further development of the T-54/55 series. ... The T-72, a Soviet main battle tank entered production in 1971. ...


Armoured Personel Carriers

American M-113 Soviet BMP-1 Soviet BMP-2 Soviet BTR Iranian Boragh (Variant of BMP-1) Iranian Cobra BMT-2 The M113 during the Vietnam War The M113 is an armored personnel carrier family. ... The BMP-1 is a Soviet infantry fighting vehicle which was first introduced in the early 1960s. ... The BMP-1 is a Soviet infantry fighting vehicle which was first introduced in the early 1960s. ...


Artillery

Iranian Raad-1 (Thunder-1) Iranian Raad-2 (Thunder-2)


Helicopters

American UH-1 Iroquois American Bell AH-1 Cobra American CH-47 Chinook Iranian Shahed 274 Iranian Shavabiz 2-75 Iranian Shabaviz 206 Iranian Shabaviz 209 The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, commonly (or officially in the USMC) known as the Huey, was a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam war. ... The first protype of this famous helicopter gunship took off on September 7. ... A field artillery section slingloading a M-198 howitzer for airlift by a CH-47 Chinook The CH-47 Chinook is a versatile, twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. ... The Shabaviz 206 is a locally produced helicopter operated by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. ...


Aircraft

Iranian Saeqeh (Reverse engineered F-5E Iranian Antonov 140 (Manufactured locally as Iran-140) The F-5 Freedom Fighter (or Tiger II) is a fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop in the USA, beginning in 1962. ... The Antonov An-140 is a short-range turboprop airliner, first flown on September 18 1994. ...


Recent Wars

Combatants Iran Iraq Commanders Strength Casualties Est. ...

See also

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy is the naval force of Iran. ... Markings of the IRIAF The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) is the aviation branch of the Iranian armed forces. ...

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