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On 29/12/2021 at 16:22, NotKringe said:

 

188px-Flag_of_Iran_svg.png.f2de9e0bd5703  Iranian Ground Forces Tech tree 

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The Karrar MBT during a training exercise.

 

 

Historical background:

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Contary to popular beliefs that Iran were still mainly using a leftover US-supplied military hardwares from the Shahist era and Soviet/Chinese supplied armaments, Iran have developed their own self-sufficient armed force industries and are capable of designed their own vehicle. Thought it's not until the last few decades that Iran managed to combine the best of the eastern and western bloc's armaments to create their own vehicle derivated from them.

 

To understand how did Iran managed to get their hands on the western technology, we need to get back to the Shahist Persian era (prior the 1979 revolution). Back then, the Imperial State of Persia ruled was by the Pahlavi dynasty, who alligned themselves with the western democratic bloc to counter the neighboring Soviet influrences. As such, the United States and the United Kingdom began selling a huge quantities of weapons and armaments to Persia in exchange with the country's rich gas and petroleum resources. Sometimes even selling the latest equipment to Persia before these countries adopted it for their own use (such as the F-14 and Chieftain tank). However, due to increasingly high unrest among the population due to failing economy, as well as several suppressive attempt by the pro-western Shahist regime. The Iranian Revolution occured in 1979, replacing the 2,500 years imperial dynastic history of Iran with the Islamic Republic. As the new Islamic Republic later revealed itself to be an anti-western government, the US and UK decided to cancel all of the military supply to Iran amidst increasing military tensions.

 

As Iran were still recovering from the aftermath of the revolution and the embargo, the neighboring Iraq has invaded Iran in 1981. With Iran suffered from the lack of spare parts for western-supplied equipment from Shahist era, Iran turns themselves to the former communist enemies and bought a large amounts of surplus equipment from the USSR, China, and North Korea to fulfil their short-term needs.

 

Even before Iran managed to repel the Iraqi invasion in 1988, the Iranian leadership finds it neccessary for the country to develop their own independent military industry to relinquish the need to purchase the weapons from other countries, as Iran were under constant sanctions by the western blocs after the revolution. And thus, in 1981, Iran's Ministry of Defence founded the Defense Industries Organization (DIO), a government-owned arms development company to fulfil this purposes.

 

To gain the experience neccesary for arms development, in 1991, Iran contracted the USSR for a license to built the T-72 MBT under designation T-72S. After gathering enough engineering knownledge, Iran then decided to reverse-engineered the western-supplied equipment and try to apply the advantages of the western tanks with the powerful Soviet armaments.

 

After years of trial-and-error, in early 2000s, Iran managed to develop their first domestically-designed MBT, the Zulfiqar. The tank is essentially a heavily modified M60 hull with a newly-designed turret to fit the Soviet armaments. Since then, the Iranian arms industry has grew increasingly independent from foreign suppliers, with only the reproduced parts of various foreign design as a hint of what the tank was based on.

 

Due to how the DIO usually subcontracted several smaller arm producer firms within Iran to produce a new vehicle based on a certain specifications, this often results into a wide discrepantcy of the built of the vehicle. Ranking from a cheap conversion from existing and readily available platforms into a delicated purpose-built combat vehicle.

 

Description:

  • To avoid most of the "copy-paste" vehicle, the Iranian ground tree will start at Rank V. The requirements to unlock the Iranian tree will be similar to that of the recently implemented Israeli tech tree: Players have to get at least one Rank V ground vehicle from one of the four main tech trees; USA, USSR, UK, and China. Whose are the main arm suppliers to Iran prior the establishments of the DIO.
  • The vehicles in this tech tree will mostly consists of an Iranian domestically-produced vehicles as well as modernizations, thought a handful of the "copy-paste" vehicles (there's only few of them) will be present at early ranks to represent Iran's earlier history as a major western bloc allies as well as vehicles used in the Iraq-Iran war.
  • Due to the lack of information in most vehicles, most of the vehicle's specifications is mostly a speculations unless stated by the Iranian military or military experts.
  • This proposal is a spin-off of Borotovas' "Arab-Iranian Ground Forces Tech tree" proposal. I've decided to clear off most of the "copy-paste" vehicles and re-arrage the tree to fit with the suitable role for each vehicle. Thanks Borotovas for granting a permission for me to use some of the materials of his suggestion.

 

Vehicles:

 

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Line 1 - Light tanks

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BMP-1

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Essentially the basic BMP-1 you found in the Soviet tree, so it's basically a copy-paste to fill the gap.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

Boragh AIFA

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A variant of Boragh IFV, an Iranian version of BMP-1, this version is equipped with 90 mm Toophan ATGM launcher (persumeably an early variant).

 

Rank V Estimated BR; 7.3

Heidah 6

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An Iranian modified BTR-60PB fitted with BMP-1's turret. Equipped with the same 73 mm 2A28 cannon and an ATGM.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.7

Tosan

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An Iranian upgrade of the FV 101 Scorpion, equipped with 90 mm Toophan 5 laser-guided missile.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

 

Boragh COBRA

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An upgraded version of the Boragh IFV, features two 30 mm 2A42 cannons and an option to mount Toophan 5 launchers

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

 

Makran

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A heavily-upgraded BTR-50 equipped with 30 mm 2A42 cannon and two Tosan 5 laser-guided missiles.

Rank VII Estimated BR: 9.3

 

Line 2 - Western MBTs

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M48A5 Patton

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Not entirely copy-paste (but still works the same) as the M48A1 in the US tree. This tank were widely used prior the Iranian revolution.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

M60A1

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Again, a copy-paste vehicle. Works the same as the M60 in the tech tree. A more interesting variant of this tank will be appeared along the line.

 

Rank VI BR: 7.7

Sabalan

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The Sabalan is an early attempt by the Iranian army to modernize the M47 Patton (not included in the suggestion as it's a bit reduandant), the tank is essentially a normal M47, but with M60's engine and 105 mm guns. The tank also have a new fire control system, laser rangefinder, and enlarged turret to fit the 105 mm Iranian HM-49L gun, which is based on the British L7 gun.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Samsam

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A modernization of the M60A1, replacing the Browning MG on the miniturret with a laser targeting and rangefinding system, as well as an Iranian 105 mm HM-49L. Can be equipped with ERA package.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.7

Mobarez

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The Mobarez may looks like an ordinary FV4201 Chieftain, but it is actually a modernized variant with an Iranian 100 mm Sa'ir cannon, which is in turn an upgrade of the Soviet 100 mm KS-19 AA gun. The tank were also outfitted with the more powerful Russian V-84 engines.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.7

Tiam

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The Tiam is best described as a "Frankenstein" tank -  It was described by the Iranian military as an "optimized" version of the Sabalan. As such, it was based on the M47 hull. Yet its armaments were all over the place; the turret were a heavily modified Type 59/69 turret, it retains the same 105 mm HM-49L (L7) guns as the Sabalan, using a Russian fire control system, an "upgraded" engine of unknown origin, and a domestically-made ERA package.

 

Rank VI BR: 9.7

Zulfiqar 1

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The Zulfiqar 1 were the first fully-domestically designed and produced MBT of Iran. Its suspension were based on the M60, and the main fire control system were taken from the T-72. The tank is equipped with 125 mm smoothbore cannons and is protected by a composite armor at the frontal arc.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 10.0

Zulfiqar 3

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The Zulfiqar 3 bears striking visual resermblance to the M1 Abrams, although the tank is using a similar components from the M60. The hull of the tank is built from scratch, with an extended suspension to accomodate composite armor, more powerful engine, Soviet 125 mm Smoothbore gun with an autoloader, and a new fire control system. The tank is similar in size of that of the M60, but longer.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.7

 

Line 3: Eastern MBTs

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T-54/55A

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Essentially a copy-paste of the T-54/55A we have in the Soviet tech tree. These two will be foldered.

 

Rank V, BR: 7.7 & 8.0

T-72S

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The T-72S were the first tank to be domestically produced by Iran. The tank was a license-built version of the Russian T-72 and received several upgrade throughout its service life.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.3 

T-72Z (Safir-74)

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Confusingly. Despite its name, it's in fact a modernized T-55A/Type 69 and an antithesis of the Mobarez, since this is in fact a Soviet tank armed with the 105 mm HM-49L, a gun based on the British L7 and the American M68 gun and capable of firing an ATGM and NATO standard rounds. The tank were also equipped with an ERA package, a stabiliser, a balistic computer, a second generation night-vision device, and a laser rangefinder. These equipment were later shared with the Tiam.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.7

T-72M1 Rakhsh

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The Rakhsh is an upgrade of the T-72S for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The upgrade features laser warning system, advanced ballistic computers, and an improved ERA.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.7

T-72M1 (2020)

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A heavily modernized variant of the T-72M1 based off of the Karrar MBT outfitted with several new features as described in the image above, thought the commander's sight found in the Karrar is missing, and the tank is outfitted with a different turret.

 

Rank: VII Estimated BR: 11.0

Karrar

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The Karrar is an Iranian "new generation main battle tank" equipped with several advanced features, such as advanced ballistic computers, advanced radar warning signs, and commander/gunner panoramic sights. The tank is strikingly similar to that of the T-90MS, thought some difference can be observed. Most notably the smaller ERA package. Other than the Soviet-based rounds, the tank can also fire the Tondar guided all-purpose missile from the gun barrel. The aforementioned missile is later refitted into other T-72 upgrades armed with a similar gun, as well as the Zulfiqar 3 equipped with the same gun.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 11.3+? (if BR ceiling has risen, of course)

 

Line 4: Tank Destroyer/SPG line

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Aghraeb

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The Aghareb is a peculiar "wheeled tank" based on the BTR-60PB, the "tank" is armed with a 90 mm cannon of unspecified model, a .50 cal Browning MG, and a coaxial 7.62 mm .30 cal machine gun. The vehicle is supposed to be equipped with a modern fire control system.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0 

Raad 1

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The Raad 1 is an SPG/tank destroyer prototype developed from Boragh IFV in 1990s, the vehicle is armed with a 122 mm smoothbore cannon.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.3

Hoveizeh

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The Hoveizeh is an upgrade of the American M109A3 SPG.

 

Rank V Estimated BR:7.7

Safir (Tosan ATGM)

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The Safir is an Iranian domestically produced version of the Jeep. This version of the Safir is equipped with Tosan 1 wire-guided missile launcher based on the Soviet 9M113 Konkurs.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Faragh 2

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A short range MLRS system, can be equipped with either four 240 mm or two 333 mm rockets.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

Raad 2M

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The Raad 2M is an Iranian domestically-produced version of the M109 SPG, first produced in 1997. It was based on a Soviet T-72 hull with advanced fire control system, fume extractor, and laser rangefinder. The M version is an upgraded version with a more powerful 5TDF engines.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR:8.7

Sayyad (Toophan ATGM)

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The Sayyad is a compact-sized IFV specifically built for unconventional warfare. The vehicle can be equipped with various weapons, this version is equipped with two 90 mm Toophan 5 ATGM launchers.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

 

Line 5: SPAAG line

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Sayyad (12.7 mm Moharram)

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This variant of the Sayyad compact IFV features 12.7 mm Moharram rotary cannons as its main armament.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0

Rakhsh (ZU-23)

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The Rakhsh is one of the first delicated military vehicle ever built by the new Islamic Republic. This version of the Rakhsh is equipped with a pair of 23 mm ZU-23 anti-air cannons.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.3

Seraj Sadej 10

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An SPAA based on the Seraj cruise missile platform. It is equipped with two 35 mm Samavat (a clone of the Oerlikon GDF AA guns) AA guns.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Mesbah 1

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A truck-based heavy anti-air mount. Equipped with eight 23 mm ZU-23 cannons.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

Herz 9

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A truck-based SAM launcher. Utilizing two Shahab Thaheb LOS-guided anti-air missile.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 9.7

Unknown SAM (Herz 10?)

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A larger Shahab Thaheb SAM launcher mounted on a truck.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.3

Ra'ad 3rd Kordad

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A long-range heavy aeriel defense system. Can utilize either the Taer-2B, Taer-2C, or Taer-2IR anti-air misile and is equipped with a search-and-tracking radar.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 11.0+(?)

 

Line 6: Premium/event vehicles:

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Bahman

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A heavy truck-based SPAA prototype mounted with a twin 57 mm turret from ZSU-57-2.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0

Type 69

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Basically a copy-paste of the Chinese Type 69. Iran accquired a number of these tank from China as well as captured from Iraq during the war.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

EE-9 Cascaval

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A Brazilian AFV that were sold and used by Iran during the Iraq-Iran war.

 

Rank VI estimated BR: 8.0

170 mm "Koksan"

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A North Korean super-heavy SPG imported during the Iraq-Iran war. The device is still under the Iranian services.

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

T-72M "Asad Babil"

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During the Iraq-Iran war, Iran manage to capture several Iraqi-made T-72M "Asad Babil" tank. These tanks were initially used by Iran before replaced by the domestically-built T-72S. Althought the tank later served as test bed for further Iranian tank developments.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.7

Zulfiqar 2

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A prototype of the Zulfiqar 3 MBT serve as a test bed for new engines and turret. It have less features than the final tank and with different armor dimensions. Only one prototype were built.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.3

 

 

 

Visual tech tree (V.1):

 

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Sources:

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_equipment_manufactured_in_Iran

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2020/01/the-oryx-handbook-of-iranian-fighting.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulfiqar_(tank)

https://www.armyrecognition.com/iran_iranian_army_heavy_armoured_main_battle_tank_uk/zulfiqar_3_zolfaqar_main_battle_tank_technical_data_sheet_specifications_description_pictures_video.html

http://tsahal.miniature.pagesperso-orange.fr/zulfiqar3.html (in French)

Cordesman, Anthony H. & Kleiber, Martin (2007). Iran's Military Forces and Warfighting Capabilities: The Threat in the Northern Gulf. Greenwood Publishing Group.

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/safir-74.htm

http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/modern/Iran/Safir-74.php

http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=606

http://www.armyrecognition.com/february_2013_army_military_defense_industry_news/iranian_army_plans_to_unveil_optimized_version_of_its_home-made_main_battle_tank_zolfaqar_0302132.html

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/iran-unveils-t-72-upgrade

http://www.military-today.com/tanks/sabalan.htm

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951222000466

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/tosan.htm

https://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=902

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/aqareb.htm

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_july_2020_global_security_army_industry/iran_irgc_unveils_new_armored_personnel_carriers_and_upgraded_t-72m_main_battle_tank.html

http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/5562064/انهدام-جنگنده‌های-آمریکایی-با-سامانه-موشکی-سوم-خرداد-تصاویر-و-مشخصات (in Persian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXrd1V-MKa4 (source for Samavat cannons)

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/tiam.htm

https://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/1478-iranian-new-mbt-“karrar”‘s-new-tv-show-and-some-detail-i-notice/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karrar_(tank)#/media/File:Iranian_third_generation_tank-Karrar.jpg

http://www.military-today.com/tanks/karrar.htm

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9202242202

http://www.janes.com/article/37880/irgc-unveils-new-tactical-ballistic-missiles-developments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tondar_(missile)

https://www.magiran.com/article/2687680

https://www.khabaronline.ir/news/825109/عکس-موشک-های-ضد-زره-ایرانی

 

 

 

Pls do it

On 29/12/2021 at 16:22, NotKringe said:

 

188px-Flag_of_Iran_svg.png.f2de9e0bd5703  Iranian Ground Forces Tech tree 

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The Karrar MBT during a training exercise.

 

 

Historical background:

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Contary to popular beliefs that Iran were still mainly using a leftover US-supplied military hardwares from the Shahist era and Soviet/Chinese supplied armaments, Iran have developed their own self-sufficient armed force industries and are capable of designed their own vehicle. Thought it's not until the last few decades that Iran managed to combine the best of the eastern and western bloc's armaments to create their own vehicle derivated from them.

 

To understand how did Iran managed to get their hands on the western technology, we need to get back to the Shahist Persian era (prior the 1979 revolution). Back then, the Imperial State of Persia ruled was by the Pahlavi dynasty, who alligned themselves with the western democratic bloc to counter the neighboring Soviet influrences. As such, the United States and the United Kingdom began selling a huge quantities of weapons and armaments to Persia in exchange with the country's rich gas and petroleum resources. Sometimes even selling the latest equipment to Persia before these countries adopted it for their own use (such as the F-14 and Chieftain tank). However, due to increasingly high unrest among the population due to failing economy, as well as several suppressive attempt by the pro-western Shahist regime. The Iranian Revolution occured in 1979, replacing the 2,500 years imperial dynastic history of Iran with the Islamic Republic. As the new Islamic Republic later revealed itself to be an anti-western government, the US and UK decided to cancel all of the military supply to Iran amidst increasing military tensions.

 

As Iran were still recovering from the aftermath of the revolution and the embargo, the neighboring Iraq has invaded Iran in 1981. With Iran suffered from the lack of spare parts for western-supplied equipment from Shahist era, Iran turns themselves to the former communist enemies and bought a large amounts of surplus equipment from the USSR, China, and North Korea to fulfil their short-term needs.

 

Even before Iran managed to repel the Iraqi invasion in 1988, the Iranian leadership finds it neccessary for the country to develop their own independent military industry to relinquish the need to purchase the weapons from other countries, as Iran were under constant sanctions by the western blocs after the revolution. And thus, in 1981, Iran's Ministry of Defence founded the Defense Industries Organization (DIO), a government-owned arms development company to fulfil this purposes.

 

To gain the experience neccesary for arms development, in 1991, Iran contracted the USSR for a license to built the T-72 MBT under designation T-72S. After gathering enough engineering knownledge, Iran then decided to reverse-engineered the western-supplied equipment and try to apply the advantages of the western tanks with the powerful Soviet armaments.

 

After years of trial-and-error, in early 2000s, Iran managed to develop their first domestically-designed MBT, the Zulfiqar. The tank is essentially a heavily modified M60 hull with a newly-designed turret to fit the Soviet armaments. Since then, the Iranian arms industry has grew increasingly independent from foreign suppliers, with only the reproduced parts of various foreign design as a hint of what the tank was based on.

 

Due to how the DIO usually subcontracted several smaller arm producer firms within Iran to produce a new vehicle based on a certain specifications, this often results into a wide discrepantcy of the built of the vehicle. Ranking from a cheap conversion from existing and readily available platforms into a delicated purpose-built combat vehicle.

 

Description:

  • To avoid most of the "copy-paste" vehicle, the Iranian ground tree will start at Rank V. The requirements to unlock the Iranian tree will be similar to that of the recently implemented Israeli tech tree: Players have to get at least one Rank V ground vehicle from one of the four main tech trees; USA, USSR, UK, and China. Whose are the main arm suppliers to Iran prior the establishments of the DIO.
  • The vehicles in this tech tree will mostly consists of an Iranian domestically-produced vehicles as well as modernizations, thought a handful of the "copy-paste" vehicles (there's only few of them) will be present at early ranks to represent Iran's earlier history as a major western bloc allies as well as vehicles used in the Iraq-Iran war.
  • Due to the lack of information in most vehicles, most of the vehicle's specifications is mostly a speculations unless stated by the Iranian military or military experts.
  • This proposal is a spin-off of Borotovas' "Arab-Iranian Ground Forces Tech tree" proposal. I've decided to clear off most of the "copy-paste" vehicles and re-arrage the tree to fit with the suitable role for each vehicle. Thanks Borotovas for granting a permission for me to use some of the materials of his suggestion.

 

Vehicles:

 

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BMP-1

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Essentially the basic BMP-1 you found in the Soviet tree, so it's basically a copy-paste to fill the gap.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

Boragh AIFA

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A variant of Boragh IFV, an Iranian version of BMP-1, this version is equipped with 90 mm Toophan ATGM launcher (persumeably an early variant).

 

Rank V Estimated BR; 7.3

Heidah 6

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An Iranian modified BTR-60PB fitted with BMP-1's turret. Equipped with the same 73 mm 2A28 cannon and an ATGM.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.7

Tosan

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An Iranian upgrade of the FV 101 Scorpion, equipped with 90 mm Toophan 5 laser-guided missile.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

 

Boragh COBRA

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An upgraded version of the Boragh IFV, features two 30 mm 2A42 cannons and an option to mount Toophan 5 launchers

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

 

Makran

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A heavily-upgraded BTR-50 equipped with 30 mm 2A42 cannon and two Tosan 5 laser-guided missiles.

Rank VII Estimated BR: 9.3

 

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M48A5 Patton

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Not entirely copy-paste (but still works the same) as the M48A1 in the US tree. This tank were widely used prior the Iranian revolution.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

M60A1

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Again, a copy-paste vehicle. Works the same as the M60 in the tech tree. A more interesting variant of this tank will be appeared along the line.

 

Rank VI BR: 7.7

Sabalan

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The Sabalan is an early attempt by the Iranian army to modernize the M47 Patton (not included in the suggestion as it's a bit reduandant), the tank is essentially a normal M47, but with M60's engine and 105 mm guns. The tank also have a new fire control system, laser rangefinder, and enlarged turret to fit the 105 mm Iranian HM-49L gun, which is based on the British L7 gun.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Samsam

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A modernization of the M60A1, replacing the Browning MG on the miniturret with a laser targeting and rangefinding system, as well as an Iranian 105 mm HM-49L. Can be equipped with ERA package.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.7

Mobarez

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The Mobarez may looks like an ordinary FV4201 Chieftain, but it is actually a modernized variant with an Iranian 100 mm Sa'ir cannon, which is in turn an upgrade of the Soviet 100 mm KS-19 AA gun. The tank were also outfitted with the more powerful Russian V-84 engines.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.7

Tiam

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The Tiam is best described as a "Frankenstein" tank -  It was described by the Iranian military as an "optimized" version of the Sabalan. As such, it was based on the M47 hull. Yet its armaments were all over the place; the turret were a heavily modified Type 59/69 turret, it retains the same 105 mm HM-49L (L7) guns as the Sabalan, using a Russian fire control system, an "upgraded" engine of unknown origin, and a domestically-made ERA package.

 

Rank VI BR: 9.7

Zulfiqar 1

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The Zulfiqar 1 were the first fully-domestically designed and produced MBT of Iran. Its suspension were based on the M60, and the main fire control system were taken from the T-72. The tank is equipped with 125 mm smoothbore cannons and is protected by a composite armor at the frontal arc.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 10.0

Zulfiqar 3

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The Zulfiqar 3 bears striking visual resermblance to the M1 Abrams, although the tank is using a similar components from the M60. The hull of the tank is built from scratch, with an extended suspension to accomodate composite armor, more powerful engine, Soviet 125 mm Smoothbore gun with an autoloader, and a new fire control system. The tank is similar in size of that of the M60, but longer.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.7

 

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T-54/55A

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Essentially a copy-paste of the T-54/55A we have in the Soviet tech tree. These two will be foldered.

 

Rank V, BR: 7.7 & 8.0

T-72S

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The T-72S were the first tank to be domestically produced by Iran. The tank was a license-built version of the Russian T-72 and received several upgrade throughout its service life.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.3 

T-72Z (Safir-74)

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Confusingly. Despite its name, it's in fact a modernized T-55A/Type 69 and an antithesis of the Mobarez, since this is in fact a Soviet tank armed with the 105 mm HM-49L, a gun based on the British L7 and the American M68 gun and capable of firing an ATGM and NATO standard rounds. The tank were also equipped with an ERA package, a stabiliser, a balistic computer, a second generation night-vision device, and a laser rangefinder. These equipment were later shared with the Tiam.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.7

T-72M1 Rakhsh

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The Rakhsh is an upgrade of the T-72S for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The upgrade features laser warning system, advanced ballistic computers, and an improved ERA.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.7

T-72M1 (2020)

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A heavily modernized variant of the T-72M1 based off of the Karrar MBT outfitted with several new features as described in the image above, thought the commander's sight found in the Karrar is missing, and the tank is outfitted with a different turret.

 

Rank: VII Estimated BR: 11.0

Karrar

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The Karrar is an Iranian "new generation main battle tank" equipped with several advanced features, such as advanced ballistic computers, advanced radar warning signs, and commander/gunner panoramic sights. The tank is strikingly similar to that of the T-90MS, thought some difference can be observed. Most notably the smaller ERA package. Other than the Soviet-based rounds, the tank can also fire the Tondar guided all-purpose missile from the gun barrel. The aforementioned missile is later refitted into other T-72 upgrades armed with a similar gun, as well as the Zulfiqar 3 equipped with the same gun.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 11.3+? (if BR ceiling has risen, of course)

 

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Aghraeb

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The Aghareb is a peculiar "wheeled tank" based on the BTR-60PB, the "tank" is armed with a 90 mm cannon of unspecified model, a .50 cal Browning MG, and a coaxial 7.62 mm .30 cal machine gun. The vehicle is supposed to be equipped with a modern fire control system.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0 

Raad 1

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The Raad 1 is an SPG/tank destroyer prototype developed from Boragh IFV in 1990s, the vehicle is armed with a 122 mm smoothbore cannon.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.3

Hoveizeh

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The Hoveizeh is an upgrade of the American M109A3 SPG.

 

Rank V Estimated BR:7.7

Safir (Tosan ATGM)

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The Safir is an Iranian domestically produced version of the Jeep. This version of the Safir is equipped with Tosan 1 wire-guided missile launcher based on the Soviet 9M113 Konkurs.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Faragh 2

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A short range MLRS system, can be equipped with either four 240 mm or two 333 mm rockets.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

Raad 2M

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The Raad 2M is an Iranian domestically-produced version of the M109 SPG, first produced in 1997. It was based on a Soviet T-72 hull with advanced fire control system, fume extractor, and laser rangefinder. The M version is an upgraded version with a more powerful 5TDF engines.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR:8.7

Sayyad (Toophan ATGM)

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The Sayyad is a compact-sized IFV specifically built for unconventional warfare. The vehicle can be equipped with various weapons, this version is equipped with two 90 mm Toophan 5 ATGM launchers.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

 

Line 5: SPAAG line

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Sayyad (12.7 mm Moharram)

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This variant of the Sayyad compact IFV features 12.7 mm Moharram rotary cannons as its main armament.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0

Rakhsh (ZU-23)

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The Rakhsh is one of the first delicated military vehicle ever built by the new Islamic Republic. This version of the Rakhsh is equipped with a pair of 23 mm ZU-23 anti-air cannons.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.3

Seraj Sadej 10

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An SPAA based on the Seraj cruise missile platform. It is equipped with two 35 mm Samavat (a clone of the Oerlikon GDF AA guns) AA guns.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Mesbah 1

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A truck-based heavy anti-air mount. Equipped with eight 23 mm ZU-23 cannons.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

Herz 9

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A truck-based SAM launcher. Utilizing two Shahab Thaheb LOS-guided anti-air missile.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 9.7

Unknown SAM (Herz 10?)

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A larger Shahab Thaheb SAM launcher mounted on a truck.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.3

Ra'ad 3rd Kordad

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A long-range heavy aeriel defense system. Can utilize either the Taer-2B, Taer-2C, or Taer-2IR anti-air misile and is equipped with a search-and-tracking radar.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 11.0+(?)

 

Line 6: Premium/event vehicles:

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Bahman

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A heavy truck-based SPAA prototype mounted with a twin 57 mm turret from ZSU-57-2.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0

Type 69

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Basically a copy-paste of the Chinese Type 69. Iran accquired a number of these tank from China as well as captured from Iraq during the war.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

EE-9 Cascaval

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A Brazilian AFV that were sold and used by Iran during the Iraq-Iran war.

 

Rank VI estimated BR: 8.0

170 mm "Koksan"

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A North Korean super-heavy SPG imported during the Iraq-Iran war. The device is still under the Iranian services.

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

T-72M "Asad Babil"

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During the Iraq-Iran war, Iran manage to capture several Iraqi-made T-72M "Asad Babil" tank. These tanks were initially used by Iran before replaced by the domestically-built T-72S. Althought the tank later served as test bed for further Iranian tank developments.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.7

Zulfiqar 2

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A prototype of the Zulfiqar 3 MBT serve as a test bed for new engines and turret. It have less features than the final tank and with different armor dimensions. Only one prototype were built.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.3

 

 

 

Visual tech tree (V.1):

 

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Sources:

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_equipment_manufactured_in_Iran

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2020/01/the-oryx-handbook-of-iranian-fighting.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulfiqar_(tank)

https://www.armyrecognition.com/iran_iranian_army_heavy_armoured_main_battle_tank_uk/zulfiqar_3_zolfaqar_main_battle_tank_technical_data_sheet_specifications_description_pictures_video.html

http://tsahal.miniature.pagesperso-orange.fr/zulfiqar3.html (in French)

Cordesman, Anthony H. & Kleiber, Martin (2007). Iran's Military Forces and Warfighting Capabilities: The Threat in the Northern Gulf. Greenwood Publishing Group.

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/safir-74.htm

http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/modern/Iran/Safir-74.php

http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=606

http://www.armyrecognition.com/february_2013_army_military_defense_industry_news/iranian_army_plans_to_unveil_optimized_version_of_its_home-made_main_battle_tank_zolfaqar_0302132.html

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/iran-unveils-t-72-upgrade

http://www.military-today.com/tanks/sabalan.htm

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951222000466

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/tosan.htm

https://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=902

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/aqareb.htm

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_july_2020_global_security_army_industry/iran_irgc_unveils_new_armored_personnel_carriers_and_upgraded_t-72m_main_battle_tank.html

http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/5562064/انهدام-جنگنده‌های-آمریکایی-با-سامانه-موشکی-سوم-خرداد-تصاویر-و-مشخصات (in Persian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXrd1V-MKa4 (source for Samavat cannons)

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/tiam.htm

https://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/1478-iranian-new-mbt-“karrar”‘s-new-tv-show-and-some-detail-i-notice/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karrar_(tank)#/media/File:Iranian_third_generation_tank-Karrar.jpg

http://www.military-today.com/tanks/karrar.htm

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9202242202

http://www.janes.com/article/37880/irgc-unveils-new-tactical-ballistic-missiles-developments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tondar_(missile)

https://www.magiran.com/article/2687680

https://www.khabaronline.ir/news/825109/عکس-موشک-های-ضد-زره-ایرانی

 

 

 

 

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Alright, I haven't check this thread for awhile. But now I've decided to rework my original tech tree proposal a bit, since there were so many change since this suggestion was made and that new information were available.

 

Below is the reworked tech tree with better-estimated BR using the similar in-game vehicle as reference, along with the addition of rank 4. I've decided to move some vehicles such as Bahman and Zulfiqar 2 into the tree and adding the prototype version of the Tiam and Karrar to flesh out the line up a bit more. In addition, I've also included some vehicles that I've missed when I first made the proposal.
 

Note: I've renamed the "Herz 10" into "Ya Zahra" and "Ra'ad 3rd Khordad" into "Sevom Khordad" to reflect their more accurate designation.

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Tosan (2A42) aka Tosan 30

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Essentially a Tosan IFV re-equipped with a 30 mm 2A42 autocannon from the BMP series.

 

Estimated BR: 8.3

Zoljanah

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An Iranian upgraded version of the BMP-2. Capable of mounting a single 9M133 Kornet launcher.

 

Estimated BR: 8.7 - 9.0

T-72 Rakhsh (early)

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An early version of the T-72 Rakhsh. While the tank has not entered services with the IRGC, it was supplied to the Iraq Popular Mobilisation Forces, who remains the primary user.

 

Estimated BR: 10.0

Banihashem ATV 50

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This is, in my opinion, will probably be the most controversial choice of this proposal. Since this vehicle blurred the line between a proper military vehicle and an improviesed technical.

 

Basically, this is an ATV that can be equipped with either the Toophan (based on BGM-71 TOW) or Dehlaviyeh (based on 9M113 Konkurs) ATGM launcher on the back. It was designed specifically as a cheap mobile anti-tank platform that can be quickly deployed.

 

Estimated BR: 9.0

Majid AD-08

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A short range anti-air missile system mounted on a light truck. The missile has a maximum range of 8 km.

 

Estimated BR: 10.0

T-72 Khorramshahr

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An early upgrade project of the T-72M1 during the 90s. Iran contracted the Ukrainian firm to upgrade the vehicle's mobility and electronices. It was ultimately never entered service.

 

Squadron vehicle. Estimated BR: 9.7

 

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With the entry of this faction into the game, a new season of battles and modern fronts can be introduced into the game and the factions of the game can be divided into two fronts, the West and the East.

And to witness a new wave of Iranian players in the game

 

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On 14/04/2023 at 07:18, NotKringe said:

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This is, in my opinion, will probably be the most controversial choice of this proposal. Since this vehicle blurred the line between a proper military vehicle and an improviesed technical.

 

Basically, this is an ATV that can be equipped with either the Toophan (based on BGM-71 TOW) or Dehlaviyeh (based on 9M113 Konkurs) ATGM launcher on the back. It was designed specifically as a cheap mobile anti-tank platform that can be quickly deployed.

 

Estimated BR: 9.0

I actually do not mind the addition of ATV with ATGM's/AAM's to be added as long as it can scout, use drones, the addition of choosing between ATGM's, AAM's or both and it's an officially used by the National Army of said Nation

Speaking of which, the Banihashem ATV 50 reminds me a lot of the Yamaha ATV's equipped with Kornet Missiles used by Syrian Government forces

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5 hours ago, ChieftainWarrior said:

Apologies if I've missed it somewhere, but what are the differences between the Karrar and the Karrar prototype?

 

Production Karrar is equipped with an APS and additional laser warning receiver system around its remote-controlled machine gun.

 

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Note the lack of laser warning receiver below the prototype Karrar's MG turret (bottom) compared to production model (above). Also worth noting is that the bottom image shows what the Karrar's turret looks like benearth its ERA layers.

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14 minutes ago, NotKringe said:

 

Production Karrar is equipped with an APS and additional laser warning receiver system around its remote-controlled machine gun.

 

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Note the lack of laser warning receiver below the prototype Karrar's MG turret (bottom) compared to production model (above). Also worth noting is that the bottom image shows what the Karrar's turret looks like benearth its ERA layers.

 

That turret looks mean!

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3 hours ago, NotKringe said:

 

Production Karrar is equipped with an APS and additional laser warning receiver system around its remote-controlled machine gun.

 

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Note the lack of laser warning receiver below the prototype Karrar's MG turret (bottom) compared to production model (above). Also worth noting is that the bottom image shows what the Karrar's turret looks like benearth its ERA layers.

Awesome, thank you! Hope to see it in game on day (although knowing Gaijin: Russian T8 premium anyone? ;))

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On 16/04/2022 at 09:06, David5255 said:

Can we add the tusan ifv 

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Now that Gaijin seems to be more inclined with adding "relatively modern IFV with no ATGM" like BTR-80A and the new Japanese IFV at mid-tier, I have to eat my own words and add the Tosan IFV into my proposal, at a reasonable BR of course.

 

Here's another image of the Tosan IFV I could find on the internet, though this one is not fitted with sideskirt:

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I would give it a BR of around 6.3 - 6.7, around that of the upcoming BTR-80A.

 

Also, I've done some more digging about the Zulfiqar tank series, and apparently there are several modification of each major variants of the tank. Due to how some source also labelled the tank series with English letters (A, B, C, D, and E), there is also a confusion on which tanks are the "Zulfiqar 3" as some source also labelled the Zulfiqar 2D (the interim version before Zulfiqar 3) as "Zulfiqar 3" itself (as B designation is assigned to the modernized Zulfiqar 1, therefore would make the 2D the "third" version of the Zulfiqar family).

 

Here's the only image of the Zulfiqar 1B I found on the internet. This is basically an upgunned and up-armored version of the Zulfiqar 1A. Note the more steamlined, "Abrams-like" shape of the turret compared to the early blocky turret of the Zulfiqar 1.

 

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Here's an image featuring the evolution of the Zulfiqar series. From left to right, 3E, 2D, and 2C respectively. The 2C variant can be distinguished by the more "pointy" frontal hull as a result of being based on a lengthened chassis of Zulfiqar 1 compared to a rebuilt chassis of 2D and 3E.

 

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Here's an older image of the Zulfiqar 2C in its early days. Note the lack of sideskirt of the latter Zulfiqars and a more pointed and shorter frontal hull compared to 2D.

 

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Other comparision between 2C and 2D:

 

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In additon, I also added some of these vehicles into the proposal;

 

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During the Iranian Army Day, local defense industry has presented the Heidar-5, a new minelayer wheeled vehicle able to launch anti-tank mines to create mine barrier based on Soviet-made BTR-60 8x8 APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier). The vehicle is equipped with an automatic firing unit located inside the vehicle.

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A modified version of the BTR-60 equipped with 18 dual-purposes mine launchers at each sides (36 in total) and a single remote-controlled DShK machine gun. The vehicle were designed as a quick minelaying platform to trap an upcoming enemies.

 

Given that this is a gimmick vehicle, it would be quite hard to estimate its BR. Though I will give it 6.7 at least.

Safir (Toophan)

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Perhaps not satisfied with the Tosan-mounted Safir jeep, the Iranians modified the Safir again to accomodate either a single or a dual Toophan missile launchers to serve in a similar capacity as the Banihashem ATV.

 

Estimated BR: 9.3

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The first version of the Ra'ad multi-purposes, medium-range SAM. This one is equipped with Taer-1 missile with 23 km effective range.

 

Estimated BR: 12.0

 

 

With that said, here is the version 3.1 of the tech tree with all the Zulfiqars and some new vehicles added. I've decided to switch the place of the Boragh AIFA and Aghraeb since they would fit better in their respecitive new trees.

 

Also I've added M47M and T-72S with APS into the tree. In addition, I've moveed Type 69 out of the premium section to flesh up the lineup, and because it performs mostly the same with the Chonma-Ho.

 

The M47M in particular deserves mention since it was essentially an M47 with upgraded engine and one less crew that were built specifically to export to Shahist Iran and Pakistan. Since the later Islamic Republic inherited a large number of them, it was used as a base platform for some modernized program such as the Sabalan and Tiam project.

 

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A small unique vehicle update on the tree, as I just found the image of the actual Pirooz ATGM vehicle. The vehicle is quite similar to the Russian Kornets-D missile platform, albeit sacrificing the other launchers for mobility, as it is mounted on the more readily available Aras universal truck platform (same with the Majid SAM system).

 

The Pirooz is equipped with the Dehlaviyeh missile, essentially an Iranian version of the 9M133 Kornets. This means the Pirooz can also be used as an ad-hoc anti-air platform in a similar manner with the BMP-2M with the same missile. I assume that the BR would be the same or slightly lower than the aforementioned BMP-2M given that it only has 2 crews and lacks other protection or armament.

 

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Speaking of the Majid, here's an image showing the frontal profile of the system, which is also based on the same Aras platform.

 

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Also here is the Faragh modular launcher equipped with 333 mm Faragh-2 rocket, mounted on Kavirah platform. Note a stack of 107 mm mm Fajr-1 rockets at the truck's rear. As the designation of "Faragh 1/2" is attributed to the 240/333 mm rocket itself, I will now refer to the platform simply as "Faragh" to indicate the vehicle's modular option.

 

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Below is the image of the Boragh AICV, the re-armed version of Boragh APC which essentially turned them into a BMP-1/2 hybrid with Chinese Type 86 flavor in it. Note the bottom image of the AICV under the Sudanese service.
 

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Below is a list of "copy-paste" gap fillers, mostly the base variant of the vehicle prior Iranian upgrade that I mostly added into the proposal as a premium.

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Original FV101 Scorpion without ATGM capability, as a sort of "starter premium".

 

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2S1 Gvozdika that the Raad 1 is based on, also added as "starter premium".

 

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Heidah 44 aka a slightly upgraded BM-21 launcher. Note that Iran has recently developed a laser-guided rockets specifically for this launcher.

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A copy-paste ZSU-57-2 in case if you're not satisfied with a truck-based Bahman.

 

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Chieftain Mk. 5 that were still not upgraded to Mobarez standard yet.

 

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The Soheil aka an upgraded ZSU-23-4 with four Misagh 2 MANPADS on the turret.

 

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And with that, here's the 3.2 version of the tree.

 

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Addentum from yesterday. I found a handful of various unidentified Iranian vehicles (that their official designation were not known). If anyone knew what these vehicle were actually called, please let me know in the comments.


Starting with this one. This peculiar T-55 is armed with what appears to be the 105 mm HM-49L guns (based on the US 105mm M68). Based on what I could gather, this may be an early version of the Safir 74 before its modernization around late 2000s.

 

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There is this unknown light tank with somewhat similar appearances with the BMD series.

 

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Two modified BMP-1 with new turrets, actual designation unknown.

 

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As a side note, here's some images of various vehicles from 2022 and 2023 Islamic Republic day parade as well as some other exhibition.

 

Zoljanah, a modified BMP-2. Note the Delaviyeh (Kornets) launcher on the turret.

 

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Safir jeep with a single Toophan launcher.

 

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Safir 74.

 

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Production model Tiam.

 

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Zulfiqar 3E.

 

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Dezful, essentially a truck-based TOR-1 system.

 

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Majid SAM, note that this particular Majids is equipped with two launchers instead of four.

 

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Pirooz anti-tank system.

 

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Raad 2M.

 

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Faragh MLRS. Note the mixed launchers configuration.

 

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15 hours ago, NotKringe said:

There is this unknown light tank with somewhat similar appearances with the BMD series.

 

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There is a possibility that it could be an unidentified Tosan variant especially considering that LT looks like it shares some components from the Tosan's like the wheels are identical for example, another possibility is that this could be a completely unique LT using components and/or design cues from not only the Tosan but also the BMD-1 since Iran operated the Scorpion and the BMD-1

The cannon it is equipped with looks like the one that the Cascavel and some Tosans are equipped with
 

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Two modified BMP-1 with new turrets, actual designation unknown.

 

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That looks like a 23 or 30mm autocannon with a 30mm Grenade launcher, also that turret kinda reminds me of some of the turrets that some of the upgraded Ukrainian BMP-1's have

For the time being both vehicles can get a placeholder name like "ILT-90" and "BMP-1 30" for example until we find a proper designation for both vehicles

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6 hours ago, AspandaIV said:

There is a possibility that it could be an unidentified Tosan variant especially considering that LT looks like it shares some components from the Tosan's like the wheels are identical for example, another possibility is that this could be a completely unique LT using components and/or design cues from not only the Tosan but also the BMD-1 since Iran operated the Scorpion and the BMD-1

The cannon it is equipped with looks like the one that the Cascavel and some Tosans are equipped with

 

The whole story about the Tosan (and the Iranian Scorpion) were quite confusing to trace be honest, since many sources seems to be conflicting over what exactly is the Tosan and what is it armed with. Not helping by the fact that they often confuse this vehicle with a slightly smaller Sayyad, which is essentially a lightweight version of Tosan.

 

Based on some sources, it is claimed that Iran did armed the Tosan with 90 mm cannon, though not specified which model of the 90 mm it was armed. Though some source mentioned that the 90 mm cannon that were "supposedly" armed on the Tosan were based on the same cannon from the Cascavel i.e 90 mm Cockerill cannon.

 

For comparsion. Here's regular FV101 in British service.

 

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Compared to the base Tosan model.

 

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And to the Indonesian Scorpion 90, with the 90 mm cannon clearly visible.

 

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And here's the Sayyad (the vehicle that were often mixed up with Tosan) next to either the base Scorpion of the Tosan. Note the one less roadwheels on the Sayyad.

 

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Then here's the image of the unidentified LT compared to the Cascavel and BMD-1.

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Based on its appearance. I assumed that this tank might be a strange hybrid between the Tosan/Scorpion (suspensions), the Cascavel (turret and armaments), and the BMD-1 (the hull shape). As this tank seems to exists some time after the Tosan, I assumed that this might be what some source confused it for "Tosan 90" instead of an entirely different vehicle.

 

Edit bonus: I have also found an image of the intermediate version of the Safir 74 known as the "Al-Zubair I" that Sudan bought in 2006. I might add it as a sort of premium "export" version of the tank in my proposal.

 

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Today I would discuss about various Toophan missile variants. As several Iranian vehicles were mounted with Toophan launchers, I think it's worth discussing the differences as some newer vehicle would have an access to better Toophan variants.

 

The first Toophan missile is a direct copy of the BGM-71 TOW ATGM. Though later on Iran would develop variants and upgrades of the Toophan missile over the years, as shown in tables below:

 

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So far, there are seven main Toophan variants;

 

Toophan 1 - a direct copy of BGM-71 TOW

Toophan 2 - a conventional ATGM with a tandem warhead
Toophan 3 - an analogue of the American BGM-71F TOW-2В ATGM and is designed to attack armored vehicles from above
Toophan 4 - a missile with a thermobaric warhead
Toophan 5 - an upgraded Toophan 2
Toophan 6 - an upgraded Toophan 4

Toophan 7 - a themobaric frag ATGM missile still under development

 

In addition, there are also an anti-air version of the missile named the Qaem (or Ghaem), designed to be compartible with existing Toophan launchers. The Qaem entered mass production in 2010.

 

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Initially, the Qaem is developed as an anti-helicopeter SACLOS missile, and thus lacked proximity fuse. Iran would later developed the Qaem-M (or Ghaem-M), an upgraded version with proximity fuse. Thus allowing it to be used against low-flying aircraft. The Qaem-M were introduced in 2017.

 

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Here's the specifications of the Qaem-M missile.

 

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Given that there are several vehicles with Toophan launchers in my proposal. I think each vehicle should have an access to an era-appropiate missile depending on the date that they were produced. For example, the Boragh AICV is a fairly old Toophan platform, and such would not have an access to the more advanced version of the Toophan. While newer vehicles such as Makran or Sayyad would have an access to an entire arsenal of Toophan and Qaem missiles.

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Short update on an "unidentified light tank", I think I might found a clue on what kind of platform it was based on.

 

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This is the Type 85 AFV, a relatively obscure Chinese AFV designed specifically for export. While the wheels may seems quite similar to the Scorpion/Tosan, it actually has different suspension system. I assumed that this might be the reason why the specific conversion of this thing was mislabelled as "Tosan 90".

 

However, there's no record of Iran ever using this specific model of APC according to all source I've looked up. There are, however, a record of Iran using Type 86 IFV (a Chinese copy of BMP-1) which later reverse-engineered into the Boragh. So, I assumed that they might also got the Type 85 some time later and went unrecorded.

 

Given that Iran typically redesignated any vehicles that they have reverse engineered or modified with Iranian names, while keeping an unmodified imported tank their original names. I assumed that this tank does have an Iranian designation that we did not know yet.

 

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On 29/12/2021 at 20:52, NotKringe said:

 

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The Karrar MBT during a training exercise.

 

 

Historical background:

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Contary to popular beliefs that Iran were still mainly using a leftover US-supplied military hardwares from the Shahist era and Soviet/Chinese supplied armaments, Iran have developed their own self-sufficient armed force industries and are capable of designed their own vehicle. Thought it's not until the last few decades that Iran managed to combine the best of the eastern and western bloc's armaments to create their own vehicle derivated from them.

 

To understand how did Iran managed to get their hands on the western technology, we need to get back to the Shahist Persian era (prior the 1979 revolution). Back then, the Imperial State of Persia ruled was by the Pahlavi dynasty, who alligned themselves with the western democratic bloc to counter the neighboring Soviet influrences. As such, the United States and the United Kingdom began selling a huge quantities of weapons and armaments to Persia in exchange with the country's rich gas and petroleum resources. Sometimes even selling the latest equipment to Persia before these countries adopted it for their own use (such as the F-14 and Chieftain tank). However, due to increasingly high unrest among the population due to failing economy, as well as several suppressive attempt by the pro-western Shahist regime. The Iranian Revolution occured in 1979, replacing the 2,500 years imperial dynastic history of Iran with the Islamic Republic. As the new Islamic Republic later revealed itself to be an anti-western government, the US and UK decided to cancel all of the military supply to Iran amidst increasing military tensions.

 

As Iran were still recovering from the aftermath of the revolution and the embargo, the neighboring Iraq has invaded Iran in 1981. With Iran suffered from the lack of spare parts for western-supplied equipment from Shahist era, Iran turns themselves to the former communist enemies and bought a large amounts of surplus equipment from the USSR, China, and North Korea to fulfil their short-term needs.

 

Even before Iran managed to repel the Iraqi invasion in 1988, the Iranian leadership finds it neccessary for the country to develop their own independent military industry to relinquish the need to purchase the weapons from other countries, as Iran were under constant sanctions by the western blocs after the revolution. And thus, in 1981, Iran's Ministry of Defence founded the Defense Industries Organization (DIO), a government-owned arms development company to fulfil this purposes.

 

To gain the experience neccesary for arms development, in 1991, Iran contracted the USSR for a license to built the T-72 MBT under designation T-72S. After gathering enough engineering knownledge, Iran then decided to reverse-engineered the western-supplied equipment and try to apply the advantages of the western tanks with the powerful Soviet armaments.

 

After years of trial-and-error, in early 2000s, Iran managed to develop their first domestically-designed MBT, the Zulfiqar. The tank is essentially a heavily modified M60 hull with a newly-designed turret to fit the Soviet armaments. Since then, the Iranian arms industry has grew increasingly independent from foreign suppliers, with only the reproduced parts of various foreign design as a hint of what the tank was based on.

 

Due to how the DIO usually subcontracted several smaller arm producer firms within Iran to produce a new vehicle based on a certain specifications, this often results into a wide discrepantcy of the built of the vehicle. Ranking from a cheap conversion from existing and readily available platforms into a delicated purpose-built combat vehicle.

 

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  • To avoid most of the "copy-paste" vehicle, the Iranian ground tree will start at Rank IV. The requirements to unlock the Iranian tree will be similar to that of the recently implemented Israeli tech tree: Players have to get at least one Rank V ground vehicle from one of the four main tech trees; USA, USSR, UK, and China. Whose are the main arm suppliers to Iran prior the establishments of the DIO.
  • The vehicles in this tech tree will mostly consists of an Iranian domestically-produced vehicles as well as modernizations, thought a handful of the "copy-paste" vehicles (there's only few of them) will be present at early ranks to represent Iran's earlier history as a major western bloc allies as well as vehicles used in the Iraq-Iran war.
  • Due to the lack of information in most vehicles, most of the vehicle's specifications is mostly a speculations unless stated by the Iranian military or military experts.
  • This proposal is a spin-off of Borotovas' "Arab-Iranian Ground Forces Tech tree" proposal. I've decided to clear off most of the "copy-paste" vehicles and re-arrage the tree to fit with the suitable role for each vehicle. Thanks Borotovas for granting a permission for me to use some of the materials of his suggestion.

 

Vehicles:

 

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Line 1 - Light tanks

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BMP-1

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Essentially the basic BMP-1 you found in the Soviet tree, so it's basically a copy-paste to fill the gap.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

Boragh AIFA

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A variant of Boragh IFV, an Iranian version of BMP-1, this version is equipped with 90 mm Toophan ATGM launcher (persumeably an early variant).

 

Rank V Estimated BR; 7.0

Heidah 6

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An Iranian modified BTR-60PB fitted with BMP-1's turret. Equipped with the same 73 mm 2A28 cannon and an ATGM.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.7

Tosan

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An Iranian upgrade of the FV 101 Scorpion, equipped with 90 mm Toophan 5 laser-guided missile.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

 

Boragh COBRA

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An upgraded version of the Boragh IFV, features two 30 mm 2A42 cannons and an option to mount Toophan 5 launchers

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

 

Makran

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A heavily-upgraded BTR-50 equipped with 30 mm 2A42 cannon and two Tosan 5 laser-guided missiles.

Rank VII Estimated BR: 9.3

 

Line 2 - Western MBTs

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M48A5 Patton

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Not entirely copy-paste (but still works the same) as the M48A1 in the US tree. This tank were widely used prior the Iranian revolution.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

M60A1

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Again, a copy-paste vehicle. Works the same as the M60 in the tech tree. A more interesting variant of this tank will be appeared along the line.

 

Rank VI BR: 7.7

Sabalan

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The Sabalan is an early attempt by the Iranian army to modernize the M47 Patton (not included in the suggestion as it's a bit reduandant), the tank is essentially a normal M47, but with M60's engine and 105 mm guns. The tank also have a new fire control system, laser rangefinder, and enlarged turret to fit the 105 mm Iranian HM-49L gun, which is based on the British L7 gun.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Samsam

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A modernization of the M60A1, replacing the Browning MG on the miniturret with a laser targeting and rangefinding system, as well as an Iranian 105 mm HM-49L. Can be equipped with ERA package.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.7

Mobarez

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The Mobarez may looks like an ordinary FV4201 Chieftain, but it is actually a modernized variant with an Iranian 100 mm Sa'ir cannon, which is in turn an upgrade of the Soviet 100 mm KS-19 AA gun. The tank were also outfitted with the more powerful Russian V-84 engines.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.7

Tiam

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The Tiam is best described as a "Frankenstein" tank -  It was described by the Iranian military as an "optimized" version of the Sabalan. As such, it was based on the M47 hull. Yet its armaments were all over the place; the turret were a heavily modified Type 59/69 turret, it retains the same 105 mm HM-49L (L7) guns as the Sabalan, using a Russian fire control system, an "upgraded" engine of unknown origin, and a domestically-made ERA package.

 

Rank VI BR: 9.7

Zulfiqar 1

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The Zulfiqar 1 were the first fully-domestically designed and produced MBT of Iran. Its suspension were based on the M60, and the main fire control system were taken from the T-72. The tank is equipped with 125 mm smoothbore cannons and is protected by a composite armor at the frontal arc.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 10.0

Zulfiqar 3

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The Zulfiqar 3 bears striking visual resermblance to the M1 Abrams, although the tank is using a similar components from the M60. The hull of the tank is built from scratch, with an extended suspension to accomodate composite armor, more powerful engine, Soviet 125 mm Smoothbore gun with an autoloader, and a new fire control system. The tank is similar in size of that of the M60, but longer.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.7

 

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T-54/55A

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Essentially a copy-paste of the T-54/55A we have in the Soviet tech tree. These two will be foldered.

 

Rank V, BR: 7.7 & 8.0

T-72S

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The T-72S were the first tank to be domestically produced by Iran. The tank was a license-built version of the Russian T-72 and received several upgrade throughout its service life.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.3 

T-72Z (Safir-74)

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Confusingly. Despite its name, it's in fact a modernized T-55A/Type 69 and an antithesis of the Mobarez, since this is in fact a Soviet tank armed with the 105 mm HM-49L, a gun based on the British L7 and the American M68 gun and capable of firing an ATGM and NATO standard rounds. The tank were also equipped with an ERA package, a stabiliser, a balistic computer, a second generation night-vision device, and a laser rangefinder. These equipment were later shared with the Tiam.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.7

T-72M1 Rakhsh

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The Rakhsh is an upgrade of the T-72S for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The upgrade features laser warning system, advanced ballistic computers, and an improved ERA.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.7

T-72M1 (2020)

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A heavily modernized variant of the T-72M1 based off of the Karrar MBT outfitted with several new features as described in the image above, thought the commander's sight found in the Karrar is missing, and the tank is outfitted with a different turret.

 

Rank: VII Estimated BR: 11.0

Karrar

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The Karrar is an Iranian "new generation main battle tank" equipped with several advanced features, such as advanced ballistic computers, advanced radar warning signs, and commander/gunner panoramic sights. The tank is strikingly similar to that of the T-90MS, thought some difference can be observed. Most notably the smaller ERA package. Other than the Soviet-based rounds, the tank can also fire the Tondar guided all-purpose missile from the gun barrel. The aforementioned missile is later refitted into other T-72 upgrades armed with a similar gun, as well as the Zulfiqar 3 equipped with the same gun.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 11.3+? (if BR ceiling has risen, of course)

 

Line 4: Tank Destroyer/SPG line

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Aghraeb

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The Aghareb is a peculiar "wheeled tank" based on the BTR-60PB, the "tank" is armed with a 90 mm cannon of unspecified model, a .50 cal Browning MG, and a coaxial 7.62 mm .30 cal machine gun. The vehicle is supposed to be equipped with a modern fire control system.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0 

Raad 1

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The Raad 1 is an SPG/tank destroyer prototype developed from Boragh IFV in 1990s, the vehicle is armed with a 122 mm smoothbore cannon.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.3

Hoveizeh

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The Hoveizeh is an upgrade of the American M109A3 SPG.

 

Rank V Estimated BR:7.7

Safir (Tosan ATGM)

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The Safir is an Iranian domestically produced version of the Jeep. This version of the Safir is equipped with Tosan 1 wire-guided missile launcher based on the Soviet 9M113 Konkurs.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Faragh 2

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A short range MLRS system, can be equipped with either four 240 mm or two 333 mm rockets.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

Raad 2M

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The Raad 2M is an Iranian domestically-produced version of the M109 SPG, first produced in 1997. It was based on a Soviet T-72 hull with advanced fire control system, fume extractor, and laser rangefinder. The M version is an upgraded version with a more powerful 5TDF engines.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR:8.7

Sayyad (Toophan ATGM)

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The Sayyad is a compact-sized IFV specifically built for unconventional warfare. The vehicle can be equipped with various weapons, this version is equipped with two 90 mm Toophan 5 ATGM launchers.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

 

Line 5: SPAAG line

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Sayyad (12.7 mm Moharram)

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This variant of the Sayyad compact IFV features 12.7 mm Moharram rotary cannons as its main armament.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0

Rakhsh (ZU-23)

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The Rakhsh is one of the first delicated military vehicle ever built by the new Islamic Republic. This version of the Rakhsh is equipped with a pair of 23 mm ZU-23 anti-air cannons.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.3

Seraj Sadej 10

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An SPAA based on the Seraj cruise missile platform. It is equipped with two 35 mm Samavat (a clone of the Oerlikon GDF AA guns) AA guns.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.0

Mesbah 1

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A truck-based heavy anti-air mount. Equipped with eight 23 mm ZU-23 cannons.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

Herz 9

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A truck-based anti-air system equipped with two Shahab Thaqeb missile launcher (based on the HQ-7)

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.3

Ya Zahra

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Originally a static variant of the quadruple Shahab Thaqeb missile launcher, it was later mounted on a heavy truck.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 10.7

Ra'ad 3rd Kordad

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A long-range heavy aeriel defense system. Can utilize either the Taer-2B, Taer-2C, or Taer-2IR anti-air misile and is equipped with a search-and-tracking radar.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: 12.0+

 

Line 6: Premium/event vehicles:

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Bahman

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A heavy truck-based SPAA prototype mounted with a twin 57 mm turret from ZSU-57-2.

 

Rank V Estimated BR: 7.0

Type 69

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Basically a copy-paste of the Chinese Type 69. Iran accquired a number of these tank from China as well as captured from Iraq during the war.

 

Rank V BR: 7.3

EE-9 Cascaval

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A Brazilian AFV that were sold and used by Iran during the Iraq-Iran war.

 

Rank VI estimated BR: 8.0

170 mm "Koksan"

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A North Korean super-heavy SPG imported during the Iraq-Iran war. The device is still under the Iranian services.

Rank VI Estimated BR: 8.3

T-72M "Asad Babil"

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During the Iraq-Iran war, Iran manage to capture several Iraqi-made T-72M "Asad Babil" tank. These tanks were initially used by Iran before replaced by the domestically-built T-72S. Althought the tank later served as test bed for further Iranian tank developments.

 

Rank VI Estimated BR: 9.0

Zulfiqar 2

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An interim design of the Zulfiqar series of MBT, initially designed from a lenghtened Zulfiqar 1 hull.

 

Rank VII Estimated BR: ~10.7

 

 

 

New vehicles added to proposal (April 2023):

 

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Tosan (2A42) aka Tosan 30

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Essentially a Tosan IFV re-equipped with a 30 mm 2A42 autocannon from the BMP series.

 

Estimated BR: 8.3

Zoljanah

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An Iranian upgraded version of the BMP-2. Capable of mounting a single 9M133 Kornet launcher.

 

Estimated BR: 8.7 - 9.0

T-72 Rakhsh (early)

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An early version of the T-72 Rakhsh. While the tank has not entered services with the IRGC, it was supplied to the Iraq Popular Mobilisation Forces, who remains the primary user.

 

Estimated BR: 10.0

Banihashem ATV 50

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This is, in my opinion, will probably be the most controversial choice of this proposal. Since this vehicle blurred the line between a proper military vehicle and an improviesed technical.

 

Basically, this is an ATV that can be equipped with either the Toophan (based on BGM-71 TOW) or Dehlaviyeh (based on 9M113 Konkurs) ATGM launcher on the back. It was designed specifically as a cheap mobile anti-tank platform that can be quickly deployed.

 

Estimated BR: 9.0

Majid AD-08

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A short range anti-air missile system mounted on a light truck. The missile has a maximum range of 8 km.

 

Estimated BR: 10.0

T-72 Khorramshahr

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An early upgrade project of the T-72M1 during the 90s. Iran contracted the Ukrainian firm to upgrade the vehicle's mobility and electronices. It was ultimately never entered service.

 

Squadron vehicle. Estimated BR: 9.7

 

 

Visual tech tree (V.3):

 

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Sources:

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_equipment_manufactured_in_Iran

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2020/01/the-oryx-handbook-of-iranian-fighting.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulfiqar_(tank)

https://www.armyrecognition.com/iran_iranian_army_heavy_armoured_main_battle_tank_uk/zulfiqar_3_zolfaqar_main_battle_tank_technical_data_sheet_specifications_description_pictures_video.html

http://tsahal.miniature.pagesperso-orange.fr/zulfiqar3.html (in French)

Cordesman, Anthony H. & Kleiber, Martin (2007). Iran's Military Forces and Warfighting Capabilities: The Threat in the Northern Gulf. Greenwood Publishing Group.

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/safir-74.htm

http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/modern/Iran/Safir-74.php

http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=606

http://www.armyrecognition.com/february_2013_army_military_defense_industry_news/iranian_army_plans_to_unveil_optimized_version_of_its_home-made_main_battle_tank_zolfaqar_0302132.html

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/iran-unveils-t-72-upgrade

http://www.military-today.com/tanks/sabalan.htm

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951222000466

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/tosan.htm

https://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=902

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/aqareb.htm

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_july_2020_global_security_army_industry/iran_irgc_unveils_new_armored_personnel_carriers_and_upgraded_t-72m_main_battle_tank.html

http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/5562064/انهدام-جنگنده‌های-آمریکایی-با-سامانه-موشکی-سوم-خرداد-تصاویر-و-مشخصات (in Persian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXrd1V-MKa4 (source for Samavat cannons)

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/tiam.htm

https://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/1478-iranian-new-mbt-“karrar”‘s-new-tv-show-and-some-detail-i-notice/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karrar_(tank)#/media/File:Iranian_third_generation_tank-Karrar.jpg

http://www.military-today.com/tanks/karrar.htm

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9202242202

http://www.janes.com/article/37880/irgc-unveils-new-tactical-ballistic-missiles-developments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tondar_(missile)

https://www.magiran.com/article/2687680

https://www.khabaronline.ir/news/825109/عکس-موشک-های-ضد-زره-ایرانی

 

We should make the entire Middle East region a line and remove some Soviet vehicles

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