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Iranian Army Order of Battle

The order of battle of Iran's Army is very poorly characterized in the open literature. There is generally fairly good agreement on the numbering of the divisions, particularly the four armored divisions, but after that things start to get a bit vague. Galen Wright notes that since 2010 the Iranian Army has been reorganizing their forces away from a division-centric, to brigade-centric model. A dozen new independent brigades have been formed by "shearing them off from existing divisions, which have now been reduced to two brigades in strength, or effectively abolished altogether." The disappearing divisions appear to be the 21 Infantry Division and 84 Mechanized Infantry Division. He also notes that "Armored divisions within the Artesh deal with extreme non-uniformity with regards to type of armor used. While this might be a nightmare for logistics managers, its convenient for us who try to discern information about the armed forces of Iran, that is, divisions are organized by type of tank meaning whenever we see a vehicle, we can guess where its from just from the type."

orbat bmlv.at IISS INSS Blog
2009 2010 2012 "2013" 2012
Total Armies 3 .. ... ... ...
Total Corps 4 5 ... 4 ...
Total Divisions 14 11 12 12 10
Armored 4 4 4 4 4
Mechanized 3 2 2 - ...
Infantry 5 4 4 6 4
Airborne / Commando 2 2 2 2 2
Brigades ...
Bdes / Armored Division . . . . ...
Armored . 2 2 3 ...
Mechanized . 1 1 1 ...
Infantry . . . - ...
Artillery . 1 1 1 ...
Bdes / Mechanized Division . . . . ...
Armored . 1 1 . ...
Mechanized . 2-3 2-3 . ...
Infantry . . . . ...
Artillery . 2 1 . ...
Bdes / Infantry Division . . . . ...
Armored . . . . ...
Mechanized . . . . ...
Infantry . 3-4 3-4 4 ...
Artillery . 1 1 1 ...
Sep Brigades / Groups 12 10 19+ 13 26
Armored 1 1 1 1 7
Mechanized . . 4 1 1
Infantry 1 1 1 . 8
Commando 5 2 4 5 5
Artillery 5 6 6 6 5
SOURCES
orbat = orbat.com
bmlv.at = Militär International
IISS = International Institute for Strategic Studies
INSS = Institute for National Security Studies 2013 publication date, 2012 data
Blog = The Arkenstone








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