Iran’s Army Ground Force to Unveil 23-mm Sniper Rifle
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced that his forces will unveil a 23-mm sniper rifle, the first of its kind in the world.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Monday, Pourdastan said such sniper rifle with the 23 mm caliber is unprecedented in the world armies.
He said the Ground Force has managed to design such weapon and will unveil it on April 18, the Army Day in Iran.
He also unveiled plans for the manufacturing of robots with military application by the Ground Force experts. He said the remote-controlled robots are capable of carrying machine guns and missiles.
In August 2014, the Army Ground Force furnished its units with 4 new weapons manufactured by the country's military industries.
The weapons included 155 mm “Hoveizeh” cannon, a 14.5 mm caliber sniper rifle, dubbed “Shaher”, a modified 23 mm cannon, and the MS4B angle finder which is utilized for firing the 81 mm and 120 mm mortars and 107 mm rocket launchers.
The 23 mm cannon, which has been optimized under a project known as “Sedad”, is mounted on the BTR-82 personnel carriers.
The Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
Iran has already made it clear that its military might poses no threat to the regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.