The five new achievements went on display in a ceremony participated by Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan in Tehran.
The new equipment include Aqareb wheeled tank which is equipped with a 90-mm cannon and the latest generation of fire-control systems with an independent suspension system; an armed 4x4 robot which is capable of carrying two missiles and 600 kg of load and conducting reconnaissance and combat missions with the operational range of 2 km; and an ultra-light track vehicle (photo) which can travel at a maximum speed of 100 km in bumpy roads and 130 km in graveled roads with operational range of 400km.
The new weapons also include a 23 mm sniper rifle and anti-helicopter weapon with the capability to penetrate into bulletproof surfaces which weighs 62 kg and has a range of 4 km. The 14.5-mm caliber Shaher sniper rifle with a cylinder magazine was another weapon which went on display today. Shaher weighs 24 kg and has a range of 3 km.
Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
Last month, Pourdastan had informed of the country's plans to unveil new state-of-the-art weapons on the Army Day.
“Today, threats have changed their face and we are experiencing proxy and partners wars in the region; therefore, we have tried to create the necessary capacities proportionate to these threats,” Pourdastan said in mid March.
“In area of hardware, we have built new weapons appropriate for these type of threats, and these weapons will go on display on April 18,” he added.
Earlier in March, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced Iran's plans to unveil a new home-made missile defense system, named “Talash (Endeavor) 3”, in mid April.
“Talash 3 defense system will be unveiled on April 18 on the occasion of the Army Day (in Iran),” Esmayeeli said.
Esmayeeli stressed that Iran had the safest airspace in the Middle-East, and added that 3,600 spots were under the control and monitoring of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base in the country, while the number would soon increase to 5,000 spots.