The Iranian military has been able to produce some equipment domestically in order to defend itself against Zionist military forces menacing the Persian nation.
In addition modified T-72 tank seem to have elements of the T-90, but the Karrar has also been noted to have features like the American M1 Abrams and British Chieftain tanks have.
This month, those efforts included the mounting of a new anti-missile system on the turrets of its Soviet-designed T-72M tanks to protect them from attack.
The system has been tested and will be installed on the tank turrets. It will be able to deflect all types of incoming missiles by jamming their systems.
Fars reported this during the third day of Great Prophet 17 (Payambar-e Azam 17) land and sea military maneuvers that were taking place in three of the republic’s southern provinces.
The drills were reportedly taking place in three Gulf coastal provinces, including in Bushehr, not far from the country’s only nuclear power plant.
The news agency also cited Iran’s Revolutionary Guards land forces chief, General Mohammad Pakpour, that the main gun on the tanks has a 3-kilometer (1.9-mile) range and precision night-time capabilities.
Production of the T-72 main battle tank (MBT) began in 1969, and it first entered service with the Soviet Union fifty years ago. It was the most common tank deployed by the Warsaw Pact from the 1970’s until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991.
It was also exported to other countries, including Finland, India, Iraq, Syria and Yugoslavia. It was employed by the Iraqi military in the Iran-Iraq War and was considered the feared tank of that conflict.
The Islamic Republic also imported numerous T-72S, the export variant of the T-72M, while it captured and confiscated about one hundred Iraqi tanks during the proxy Zionist war.
Licensed production of the locally made version, the Karrar, is still underway at some Iranian factories and the Islamic Republic has sought to modernize its indigenous-built tanks as effectively as possible.
In 2020, Iran unveiled a heavily upgraded and modified version of the tank, the T-72M1, which featured a modified turret with flat armor on its side and a simplified forward-opening hatch.
The commander’s cupola and machine gun were removed, which give it the appearance of a more modern T-90. However, Iran has rejected that there has been any alleged collaboration in the project.
The modified T-72 Karrar tanks are reported to be in service with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and are equipped with a camouflage system that provides concealment against thermal infrared radar detection.
It is also believed to be furnished with an electro-optical fire control system, laser rangefinders, and a ballistic computer.
Its main armament is a 125-millimeter 2A45M/M-2/M-5 smoothbore gun with a stabilizer. It appears as though it could be equipped with a new anti-missile system.
How effective the tank is remains unknown, but it could far more capable than some of the antiquated hardware the enemies of Islamic Republic have had to rely on.
National Interest / ABC Flash Point Gulf News 2021.