Revolutionary Guards Ground Forces Field Test New Weaponry
The Ramiat Project...is a roadside mine that has high accuracy, can be remotely detonated, and has a large blast radius
OE Watch Commentary: In both Iraq and Afghanistan, US forces have faced insurgents and terrorists armed with Iranian weaponry. If comments cited in this excerpt by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour are accurate, US forces in the region could soon face even more sophisticated weaponry. Pakpour announced that the IRGC has successfully field-tested a new roadside, remote-controlled mine designed to destroy armored vehicles, and that it has also upgraded its sniper rifles. At the same time, Iranian efforts to develop a new, rapid-fire gun to down cruise missiles probably reflects the IRGC’s sense of Iran’s own vulnerabilities and its expectations of the mechanism by which the United States, Israel, or other powers might attack Iran.
While the United States, Europe, and moderate Arab regimes most often focus on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, Pakpour’s comments suggest the Islamic Republic remains as committed to upgrading both its offensive and defensive systems and arsenals. In this case, however, the new weaponry announced could prove especially troublesome because of the ease by which they could be transferred to terrorists fighting against moderate Arab regimes or in areas where the United States operates directly. End OE Watch Commentary (Rubin)
Source: “Zamayesh Maydani Taslihat-e Jadid Niruye Zamini Sepah” (Revolutionary Guards Ground Forces Field Test New Weaponry), Defahpress.ir, 28 September 2014. http://www.defapress.ir/Fa/News/29804
Revolutionary Guards Ground Forces Field Test New Weaponry
According to a report from the Defense Press defense and security correspondent, [citing Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour], one of the new weapons is the “Asifeh,” a rotating, three-cylinder cannon that fires 900 23-caliber rounds per minute that can target cruise missiles and other objects flying at low altitude. After testing, this weapon will be delivered to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces.
The Ramiat Project was also successfully tested today. This project is a roadside mine that has high accuracy, can be remotely detonated, and has a large blast radius.
The report also said that the Fateh rifle was tested. This sniper rifle fires 5.56mm rounds, the same caliber as NATO.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces said that after testing, these weapons are ready to be incorporated into the armed forces of the Islamic Republic.