Iran's top commander lauds indigenous defense industry, unveils ‘Kian 700’ tank transporter
Iran’s top military commander has unveiled the new indigenous “Kian 700” tank transporter, lauding efforts by the county’s armed forces in developing home-grown means of refurbishing existing weapon systems.
Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, the tank transporter was unveiled at an overhaul and refurbishment center of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces on Saturday.
The vehicle enjoys an 800 horse-power engine which can pull up to 200 tonnes, effectively allowing it to carry two 60-tonne tanks on its “Suleiman-3” semi-trailer.
The tank transporter is a more advanced version of an earlier Iranian model, the “Kian 500”.
Speaking during the event, General Baqeri stressed the importance of possessing advanced equipment in defending Iran’s territorial integrity.
The top military commander added that by refurbishing and upgrading its equipment, Iran could have access to advanced weaponry at relatively lower costs while avoiding dependency on foreign imports.
Iran has taken great strides seeking to attain self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in the face of decades-long sanctions and arms embargoes on the country.
The country consequently produces a wide variety of advanced weapons systems and equipment based on its own technological capabilities.
Also speaking at the ceremony was chief commander of Iran's Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, who said it was Iran’s indigenous Mersad air defense system which shot down an unidentified drone on Friday.