“Army’s Ground Force has carried out ample research and studies
for upgrading the technology and applications of Zolfaqar tanks, and the
updated version of the tank will be unveiled in the (Iranian) month of
Khordad (May 22-June 21),” Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force
Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said in an exclusive interview
with FNA today.
“Fire navigation system of the new Zolfaqar tank has been updated
and Laser systems have been mounted onto the tank,” Pourdastan said,
adding, “These upgrades have remarkably increased the tank’s operational
Zolfaqar is a second generation of Iran’s main battle tank (MBT).
The test prototypes of the tank were evaluated in 1993. Six
semi-industrial prototypes of the tank were produced and tested in 1997.
The tank has a distinctive box-shaped, steel-welded turret of local
design. Zolfaqar combat weight is reported to be 36 tons and has a 780
hp diesel engine; the tank has a 21.7 hp per ton ratio.
The Zolfaqar is operated by a crew of three personnel. The automatic
loader is believed to be the same one from the T-72 tank.
The tank is armed with a 125 mm smoothbore gun 2A46, which is fitted
with a fume extractor. Its secondary armament consists of a 7.62 mm
coaxial and a 12.7 mm machine gun. For the Zolfaqar fleet, the
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