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Iran Marks Sacred Defence Anniversary With Suitable Parade

September 28, 2011

via Hadi Yazdani

Last week  the armed might of the Islamic Republic was paraded to commemorate the previous century’s longest conventional war. 32 years ago, Saddam Hussein made a throw of the dice gamble to grab disputed territory and oil fields from an Iran reeling from revolution. He paid dearly for the next eight years and so did the Iranians.

In fact, what the Iranians often call the “Imposed War” so scarred the national consciousness it’s no surprise that it has become a rallying point of sorts for the present regime.

It’s also a fine occasion to showcase weird indigenous weapon systems that leaves observers scratching their heads, wondering if they’re looking at genuine “[Proudly] Made In Iran” hardware or awful fakes. Just look at the Zulfiqar MBT upstairs that’s been designed to resemble an M1A2 Abrams.

Okay, so Iran builds laughable full scale models to scare its neighbors. While its conventional arms are often dubious (to their credit Iran has a solid track record of reverse engineering), Iran’s real arsenal of missiles and elite special forces is a proven threat. The havoc the Quds Force caused in Iraq should be proof enough of how lethal they are.

On September 22, a Thursday, various indigenous weapons systems were shown to the public in Tehran, where the late Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum bore the brunt of the carefully orchestrated spectacle. These included Iran’s latest UAVs, missiles, helicopters, tanks, armored vehicles, and aircraft. Contingents from the Army, the IRGC, law enforcement, and air force were present. The occasion also merited the debut of the Persian Gulf anti-ship missile.

It should be kept in mind that other than helicopters and planes that took to the skies, the vaunted UAVs were carried on flatbed trucks. A trailer was needed for the Zulfiqar 3, whose available performance specs are actually lower than a Russian T-72, from which it’s derived.

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