Iran Unveils New Precision-Guided Munitions

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a military parade outside Tehran (Archive photo: AP)

Iran on Tuesday unveiled three new precision-guided munitions at a ceremony in Tehran attended by Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami, Fars news agency has reported.

The new weapons, developed jointly by the defense ministry and Sa Iran (Iran Electronics Industries), include the “Yasin” and “Balaban” guided smart bombs, as well as an upgraded version of the “Qaem” guided munition.

Defense Minister Hatami hailed their launch as “another significant achievement of power and dignity for the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

According to the Mehr news agency, the Yasin is a smart missile with folding wings that can be fired from a range of 50 kilometers (30 miles) of its target from manned or unmanned aircraft.

The Balaban smart bomb is guided by hybrid INS/GPS guidance and sensors to boost its precision capabilities and is equipped with folding wings and can be mounted under an aircraft.

The Qaem is a heat-seeking missile equipped with heat and cylinder seekers that allow the bomb to hit within 50 centimeters of a target. Similar to the Balaban, it can be installed on various kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles such as fighter jets and helicopters.

On Wednesday, Hatami announced that Iran will unveil its domestically-made, long-range air defense missile system “Bavar-373” on August 22.

Bavar-373 is a long-range road-mobile surface-to-air missile system, described by Tehran as a competitor with the Russian S-300 missile system.


[Sources: Tehran Times, Sputnik News, Army Recognition]

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