Iran Unveils New Homemade Tank, Launches Production Line

In front of a picture of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards' members, salute atop their tank, during a parade ceremony, marking the 24th anniversary of the outset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just …
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Sunday that the country has unveiled a domestically manufactured tank and has launched a mass-production line.

The report quoted Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan as saying: “The tank has the capability to fire missiles and precisely guide them.”

Fars said the tank named “Karrar” is equipped with an electro-optical fire control system and laser range-finder and is capable of firing at both stable and mobile targets day or night.

He added that the tank can move through pits and rivers and even under water.

Dehghan said the tank can compete with the most advanced tanks in the world in the three main areas of “power, precision and mobility.”

Iran has been producing its own weapons and military equipment, including missiles, fighter jets and submarines, for more than two decades.