Iran releases new photos of the Karrar MBT

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Iran releases new photos of the Karrar MBT
Iran released new photos of the homemade Karrar Main Battle Tank (MBT). The tank was displayed during a visit by the Chief Justice of Iran's Supreme Court, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'I, to the Defence Ministry exhibition area. Mojnews reported this on August 26, 2022.

Karrar is Iran's third-generation MBT, and its existence was first announced in 2016. The announcement stated that the tank has an electro-optical fire control system, laser rangefinder, and ballistics computer and can engage stationary and moving targets during the day or night. The Karrar project was developed locally after failing to obtain a license and transfer technology to manufacture the Russian T-90MS tank.

The Karrar platform is based on the Soviet-era T-72 MBT, and Iran tries to incorporate elements from the Russian T-90, the US M1 Abrams, and the British Challenger 2. Karrar began mass production in 2017 at the Bani Hashim Defence Industrial Complex, Iran. It entered service with the Iranian Armed Forces in 2020, with the first batch of 150 units on order. In 2018, the second batch of 650 units was ordered, all of which will be completed by the end of 2022.

Iran releases new photos of the Karrar MBT

For specifications, Karrar weighs 51 tons, with a body length of 6.8 m, a width of 3.68 m, and a height of 2.5 m. The vehicle is manned by three crew: driver, commander and gunner. It has an autoloader.

Karrar's main armament is the main canon calibre 125 mm 2A46M / M-2/M-5 smoothbore with a stabiliser. The secondary armament is a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun and a remotely controlled 12.7 mm machine gun (RCWS). The Karrar is equipped with a 1,000 hp diesel engine. It can run maximum on hard flat roads at about 70 km/h.

The operational range is between 500-550 km. The range is increased by another 200-280 km with additional fuel drums.

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