It is always pleasing news to hear about yet another new invention by Persia in the military field.
However with puppet mullah Iran one cannot be sure of what is truth and what is propaganda.
Liars, great liars constantly boast about how wonderful they are, whereas honest people generally remain silent about their achievements. They prefer to rely on their accomplishments.
Iran keeps boasting about yet another great military invention and this has been the case for the last 30 years. I do not understand the psychology behind it.....after ALL Iran spends a mere 3% of GDP on defense, so why boast about a part of the economy which is small in comparison to say the Mullah run charities (Bonyards), or the businesses run by the Revolutionary Guard.......or the State banks that give out free loans to friends of the mullahs, or the massive corruption around the petro-chemicals industry......or.......or.....or.
Why expose and highlight a very small part of the economy, and inform the rest of the world about it? Why tell the rest of the world of Iran's military capabilities? Why create the impression falsely, that Iran is a nation which invests in military science and research above all else?
If you are trying to convince the world about how Iran has peaceful intentions with its nuclear technology, is it not wiser not to boast too often about new breakthrough's in military science. The boasting may create a disconnect with the paranoid powerful few.
So Iran has a new radar.....so what? Iran regularly announces new developments in defense equipment, but what is critical is the:
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURE (uninterrupted supply of raw materials)
MASS ASSEMBLY PRODUCTION
Aircraft and Helicopters
- Azarakhsh - modified copy of U.S. F-5 Freedom Fighter, one-seat fighter aircraft, and combat capable trainer.
- Saegheh - fighter aircraft. Second generation Azarakhsh with a twin canted tail configuration.
- Shafaq - advanced light fighter/trainer, still in development.
- IR.An-140. - licensed production of Russian Antonov An-140 
- Parastoo - propeller-driven training aircraft. Reverse engineered Beech F33 Bonanza.
- Dorna - training aircraft 
- JT2-2 Tazarv - third generation of the Dorna mentioned above. Still in prototype stage.
- Simorgh(aircraft)- training aircraft.
- Fajr F.3 - Indigenous trainer aircraft
- Panha 2091 "Toufan" - overhauled U.S. AH-1J SeaCobra refitted with indigenous components.
- Shabaviz 2061 - overhauled U.S. Bell 206 JetRanger refitted with indigenous components.
- Shabaviz 275 - overhauled U.S. Bell 205 JetRanger refitted with indigenous components
- Bell 214 - Reverse engineered and built in Iran
- HESA Shahed 278 - Developed from Bell 206 & Panha Shabaviz 2061
- HESA Shahed 285 - New Iranian Designed Attack Helicopter 
- Bavar 2 - radar-evading fixed-wing seaplane capable of patrol and reconnaissance missions. At least 11 flying boats had joint Iran's fleet as of 2010.
- Ababil 
- Mohajer I/II/III/IV 
- Rad (with 'offensive' capabilities)
- Nazir (surveillance)
- Karrar - capable of carrying a military payload of rockets to carry out bombing missions against ground targets. It is also capable of flying long distances at a very high speed.
- Sofreh Mahi - Stealth UCAV under development.
Aircraft upgrades and components
- Iran claims to have upgraded its US-made F-4, F-5, and F-14 fighter jets, and produced spare parts including tires, avionics, and engine components.
- F-4 Phantom Simulator
- Helicopter Simulators (AH-1J & Bell 206)
- Submarine Simulator - Iran's "Tareq-class" submarine.
- Matla-ul-fajr radar system - capable of tracking and destroying enemy ships and fighter jets.
- Electro-optical/radar system
- E-warfare systems
Medium range missiles are considered to have a range between 1000 and 3000 kilometers.
- Shahab-3A/B/C - strategic MRBM with a range of 1,200 km to 2,100 km.
- Ghadr-110 MRBM with a range of 2000–3000 km.
- Ashoura missile 2 stage solid fuel MRBM with a range of 2,000 km.
- Sajjil 2 stage solid fuel MRBM with a range of 2000–2500 km.
- Fajr-3 MIRV warhead.
Short range missiles are considered to have a range up to 1000 kilometers.
- Shahab-1 - tactical SRBM with a range of 350 km. copy of Soviet SS-1c/Scud-B
- Shahab-2 - tactical SRBM with a range of 750 km copy of Soviet SS-1d/Scud-C 
- Naze'at - Unguided rocket series.
- Fateh-110 - single-stage solid-propellant SRBM with a range of 200 km
- Zelzal 1/2/3 - single-stage SRBM with a range of 200 to 400 km 
- Fajr-5 - artillery rocket 
- Fajr-3 - artillery rocket
- Qiam 1 - uses liquid fuel and has a so-called smart targeting system.
- Nasr-1 - Iranian made short range missiles.
- Raad - copy of Soviet AT-3 Sagger 
- RPG-7 - Copy of Soviet RPG-7. Iran is forecast to manufacture 2.88 percent of the worlds RPG-7's by 2014.
- Saegheh - improved version of the RPG-7 
- Toophan - Copy of American TOW missile
- Toophan 2 - Improved Toophan
- Toophan 5 - Anti-armor, anti-tank missile with two warheads
- Towsan - Iranian version of the 9M113 Konkurs/AT-5 Spandrel
Air defence weapons
- Qaem - anti-helicopter, light-weight, laser guided missile
- Misagh-1 - copy of Chinese QW-1 Vanguard with upgrades
- Misagh-2 - copy of Chinese QW-2 Vanguard 
- Samavat 35mm Anti-Aircraft Guns - Copy of Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannon skyguard 
- Shahab Thaqeb (شهاب ثاقب) - copy of the Chinese HQ-7 (FM-80)
- SM-1 copy of RIM-66 Standard.
- Sayyad-1 / Sayyad-1A - upgraded copy of Chinese HQ-2, Sayyad-1A has IR tracking.
- Sayyad-2 (Hunter II). Upgraded version of the Sayyad-1 system with higher precision, range and defensive power. It is equipped with a 200-kilogram warhead and has a speed of 1,200 meters per second. The Sayyad-1 missile defense system is composed of two-stage missiles that can target all kinds of aircraft, including bombers, at medium and high altitudes.
- Fajr-8 - copy of S-200 
- Fajr-27 - rapid fire cannon 
- Shahin - upgraded MIM-23 HAWK, supersonic ground-to-air guided missile with a range of more than 40 kilometers capable of targeting fighter jets and helicopters.
- Fath (victory) - the 40-millimeter naval cannon's range is 12 km and shoots 300 projectiles per minute.
- Mersad - Iran's first advanced air defense system based on the US MIM-23 Hawk. It is capable of hitting modern aircraft flying at low and medium altitudes. The Mersad system is equipped with sophisticated radar signal processing technology, an advanced launcher, and electronic equipment for guidance and target acquisition. Mersad uses domestically manufactured Shahin missiles.
- Mesbah 1 air defense system - can target and destroy fighters, helicopters, cruise missiles and other objects flying at low altitude. Mesbah 1 is equipped with a three-dimensional interception radar and an optical guidance system. Mesbah 1 can fire four thousand rounds per minute.
- Qadr - Electro-optically guided 2000 lb glide-bomb
- Zoobin - Electro-optically guided 750 lb glide-bomb 
- Qased - Electro-optically guided 2000 lb bomb.
- 120mm mortar shells
- 130mm mortar shells
- Fatter - copy of U.S. AIM-9 Sidewinder 
- Sedjil - copy of U.S. MIM-23 Hawk converted to be carried by aircraft 
- Sattar 1/2/3/4 - Medium Range air-to-air missiles developed based on AIM-54 and MIM-23 Hawk
- Ra'ad - Indigenously developed long-range anti-ship missile based on HY-2 Silkworm.
- Noor - upgraded copy of Chinese C-802.
- Tondar - upgraded copy of Chinese C-801. Similar to Noor but powered by solid rocket booster and range of 50 km.
- Thaqeb - Similar to Noor, modified for submarine launch.
- Nasr - Several versions based on TL-6 and C-705
- Kowsar 1/2/3 - Several versions based on Chinese C-701 TL-10 and C-704
- Fajre Darya- copy of Sea Killer II.
- Khalij Fars - Anti ship ballistic missile based on Fateh-110
Iranian made Zulfiqar tank
- Zulfiqar MBT - Developed from U.S. M60 Patton
- T-72Z Safir-74 - Indigenous upgraded Soviet T-54/55 and Chinese Type 59
- Mobarez - Indigenous upgraded of British Chieftain.
- T-72S - Soviet T-72 produced under license in Iran
- Tosan - Iranian light tank for unconventional warfare, developed from British FV101 Scorpion.
- Cobra BMT-2 - Concept vehicle for the Boragh armed with 23 mm anti-aircraft gun for use as a fire support vehicle.
- Boragh - Copy of Soviet BMP-1 with indigenous upgrades
- Rakhsh - Developed from Soviet BRDM
- HM 40 - A 122mm howitzer
- HM 41 - A 155mm howitzer
- Wheeled 155-mm self-propelled howitzer
- Raad 1 - SP gun Chinese Type WZ 501/503 armored infantry fighting vehicle with Russian 122mm gun mounted on top.
- Raad 2 - SP gun based on the U.S. M109 howitzer
- MPT-9 - Tondar submachine gun - copy of MP5 (H & K licenced production)
- KH-2002 - 5.56mm bullpup conversion kit for the M-16
- S-5.56 - copy of Norinco CQ, Chinese clone of the M-16 
- KL-7.62 - copy of AKM 
- G3A6 - copy of G3 7.62 mm (H & K licenced production)
- MGA3 - copy of MG3 7.62 mm (Rheinmetal licenced production) 
- PC-9 "Zoaf" - copy of Swiss-German SIG P226 pistol 
- PKM-T80 - copy of Soviet PKM 
- MGD-12.7mm - copy of Soviet DShkM 
- Nakhjir - copy of Soviet SVD
Boats and destroyers
- Sina class - heavily upgraded, French Kaman (Combattante II) class missile boats.
- Moudge class - upgraded and modified British Alvand (Saam) class (aka Vosper Mk 5 type) frigates.
- Zolfaqhar - fast attack craft/missile boat
- Seraj - high-speed attack craft
- Yunes 6 - six-passenger hovercraft
Midget SubmarinesThere is absolutely no point producing 100 different equipment....its meaningless, unless your economy is the size of the USA. Iran should focus on mass production of a few equipment, given that its economy is only $850 billion GDP PPP, and its not heavily industrialized. Focusing on a few key equipment worked well for the Soviet Union after 1941, even though before 1941 the Soviet Union produced a whole variety of equipment like Iran.
By 1945 the Soviet settled on just a few key equipment, such as the T-34, Katyusha rockets, basic field artillery, and the PPD-40.........about 5 key ARMY FIELD EQUIPMENT.
The Soviet Union at war did not bother with a navy....Iran does not need to bother with a navy.
On the other hand the Germans 1933-45 produced some beautiful equipment, the variety of which was astounding, and the engineering fantastic for their time. But Germany produced too few, and too many different types of equipment, and so they lost.
Iran must focus on a few key pieces of equipment, and then mass produce them.
Iran develops long-range radar system
A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic has succeeded in the design and production of a domestically-manufactured long-range radar system.
The advanced system can detect, intercept and destroy aircraft equipped with radar cross-section system (RCS), cruise missile and strategic long-range aircraft, the commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, said on Wednesday.
He added that the cosmos radar, designed by experts of the military base, can detect objects at a range of several thousand kilometers and will join Iran's air-defense in the near future, IRIB reported.
The Iranian commander emphasized that the Islamic Republic strongly monitors the slightest possible moves by any country.
Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base is in charge of detecting and destroying any aircraft seeking to launch an aggression against the country, Esmaili pointed out.
The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran's nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda.
Iran says its nuclear program is completely peaceful and within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which it is a signatory.
Iranian officials have warned that the Islamic Republic will give a firm and crushing response to any act of aggression by the US and Israel.