Iran to optimize their tanks

Ground forces Iran February 4, 2013 held a demonstration of improved versions of its own main battle tanks Zolfaghar (Zulfiqar) and Samsam, report to Jane's. According to the commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Purdastana (Ahmad Reza Pourdastan), «the different characteristics of tanks underwent optimization" so that Zolfaghar was on some characteristics superior to Russian T-72.

Details of tank upgrade Zolfaghar are not specified. According Purdastana, batch creation of "optimized" machine will start after the approval of the Chief of Staff of the Army of Iran. In turn, Samsam received meteorological sensors associated with the fire control system, laser detection system, also primeoperedatchik of the "friend or foe".

Zolfaghar is an attempt to Iran Create Your main battle tank. It was first shown in public in 1994, and the creation of a batch machine began in 1997. There were three versions created Zolfghar, a different set of weapons, engines and protection. It is believed that the development of Iran Zolfghar components and assemblies used by U.S. tanks M48 and M60, also from the Russian T-72.

Zolfaghar-3 equip the Iranian version of the Russian-caliber smoothbore gun 2A45 125 mm with an ejector and automatic loading, improved fire control system, modified suspension and engine, and a laser rangefinder. In addition, tank armed with machine guns, 7.62 and 12.7 mm. Part of the wheel of the tank covered with armored shields. The tank is capable of speeds up to 70 km per hour, and its progress in store is 450 km.

Meanwhile, tank Samsam is an upgraded version of the South American M60. He is armed with a 105 mm cannon, machine guns, 12.7 and 7.62 mm, capable of speeds up to 48 km per hour, and its progress in store is about 500 km.

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