Iran Unveils New Defense and Combat Equipment

On Sunday, Iran unveiled its latest defense and combat equipment developed by its Ground Forces Command.

During the ceremony attended by Assistant Coordinator of the Military of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, on Sunday morning, the Ground Forces Research and Self-sufficiency Jihad Organization and local scientists and experts unveiled their new equipment to be used in air defense, electronic warfare and various other fields.

Among these new additions were; a new radar warning system that can detect and jam airborne interception radars used in various aircraft and, an alarm system which can detect laser-guided weaponry and other airborne threats, along with small suicide drones that are able to use artificial intelligence to fly in formation (with up to 10 other drones).

These drones have a range of 40 to 400 km and they are capable of carrying a warhead weighing about 15 kg. These drones are able to work together through a new system called “mass flight”. Through this network-based flight system these drones can undertake operations to identify, monitor and destroy enemy ground and air targets along with a host of other capabilities.

The new radar warning system can be integrated with various types of UAVs, helicopters and fighter jets, as can a new laser detection system that is able to detect laser-guided and short range air defense systems. Another upgrade that is to be used with Iran’s aircraft is the Tiam-1400. The Tiam-1400 is able to transfer the signals generated by enemy communications to their ground control station.

Some of the UAVs displayed during the event (via Press TV)

The Taha-1400 is a system with a wide operational area, low weight and low battery consumption. Through this system Iran will in theory be able to maintain the various drones in proximity of the enemy.

Another big accomplishment unveiled at the ceremony would be the Ranesh-1. The Ranesh-1 is a domestic micro turbojet engine that is to be used in UAV’s, missile systems, drones and single-seater light aircraft. Other capabilities of the Ranesh-1 include cargo carrying capacity for UAV’s, an increase in flight time and the ability to use multiple different types of fuel.

Finally, the new Land-based Promoted Jamming Systems. This system is a land based jamming system developed to count enemy UAV’s and remote controlled systems.

Iranian military experts and technicians have made great strides in domestically producing an expansive range of equipment, which has led to the Iranian armed forces becoming increasingly self-sufficient. How capable this equipment will prove in the field remains to be seen.

Iranian authorities have frequently stressed that they will not hesitate in improving their defensive capabilities and that these new systems are strictly for defensive purposes and are not subject to negotiations.