Iran Unveils New Military Hardware in Parade

Iran Unveils New Military Hardware in Parade

Tasnim – The Iranian Armed Forces on Monday displayed a broad range of advanced defensive equipment in a military parade in Tehran.

The massive parade, held to mark the Sacred Defense Week, saw various units of the Iranian Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Basij (volunteer) forces and the Islamic Republic of Iran Police showcasing their abilities.

The homegrown military equipment included tanks, personnel carriers, cannons, a wide variety of missiles, radars, missile defense systems, speedboats, military vehicles and bombs.

Among the gears unveiled for the first time was Ra’d 2 (Thunder 2) missile system, belonging to the IRGC Aerospace Division.

The new missile system’s projectiles, launcher and carrier vehicle were also put on display during the parade.

Like its predecessor, Ra’d 2 uses a triple launcher for firing.

In Iran, the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war is known as the Sacred Defense, and Sacred Defense Week is held on the anniversary of the beginning of the war. Sacred Defense Week begins on Shahrivar 31 in the Iranian calendar (September 22 this year), which is the day Iraq invaded Iran and began the imposed war on the country in 1980.