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Iran Weapons

On 18 October 2020, a 13-year UN arms embargo against Iran expired. Iranian news outlets had eagerly awaited the moment for weeks. The lifting of the embargo had been agreed in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heralded the step as a "diplomatic victory over the US." After all, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018, yet insisted the arms embargo against Iran should remain in place indefinitely. But the vast majority of the UN Security Council members states, with the exception of the US and Dominican Republic, voted against upholding the embargo.

"Thanks to the nuclear deal, signed by my government, we are as of Sunday permitted to buy and sell weapons with whomever we want," President Rouhani declared last week. The arms embargo was imposed in 2007, to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. While foreign observes wondered whether Iran might go on a weapons shopping spree, Iranian media outlets have been speculating about potential arms exports.

Iranian security expert Hossein Dalirian, who sympathizes with Iran's Revolutionary Guard, thinks Armenia could be a potential buyer. In a recent article for the Iranian daily newspaper Jam-e Jam, he says that Armenia currently fighting Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region might be interested in acquiring Iranian air defense systems. According to Dalirian, "Iran is the only country in the Islamic world that builds modern missile defense systems, guided rockets and drones." Public Radio of Armenia echoed Hossein Dalirian's thinking on its website. The broadcaster writes: "Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh [the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic] can now legally buy Iran's Khordad-3 air defense system for protection against Israeli-made and Turkish-made drones used by Azerbaijan."

Iran is said to possess the largest missile arsenal in the Middle East. "Iran has a vast arsenal, ranging from artillery units to short-range missiles and medium-range cruise missiles. In addition, Iran has a large arsenal of drones which it can effectively deploy," Mauro Mantovani of the Military Academy at ETH Zurich told DW. Iran has, for instance, been mass producing short-range missiles, like the Qiam-1, since 2011. It is capable of delivering a 750-kilogram (1,600 pound) payload and strike targets some 700 kilometers (435 miles) away.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has continued to unveil new missile systems even when the international community was still considering extending the arms embargo against the country this August. At the time, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami presented an all new surface-to-surface missile and a cruise missile with a range of more than 1,000 kilometers on Iranian television. "Many countries want to buy our weapons," Hatami asserted in a television interview just after the arms embargo was lifted: "We will definitely export more than we will import; our weapons are affordable and efficient."

There is certainly no consensus on that. "There are not many countries that will want to import Iranian weapons," as German Middle East expert Udo Steinbach told DW. "Venezuela may be interested. Despite US sanctions, the country is still importing Iranian oil and has expressed interested in Iranian missiles." Steinbach says Iran is very proud of its arms industry but doubts the country will become a major exporter. "Aside from a few fringe countries, few nations will be seriously interested in equipping their armed forces with Iranian weapons."

Iran Weapons

AIRCRAFT

Fighter

Transport

Rotary

Other

Azarakhsh
Qaher-313
Saeqeh
Shafaq
IrAn-140
An-148
Tu-204
Tu-334
Hama / Homa
Saba-248
Shahed 274
Shahed 278
Shahed 285
Shahed 478
Shabaviz 2-75
Shabaviz 206-1
Shabaviz 209-1
Sorena / Surena
Surveillance
Chakavak [Lark]

Trainer
Dorna
Fadzhir
Kowsar 88
Parastu
Simorgh
Tazarv
Tondar
Yasin

MISSILES

UAV

Cruise Missiles

Radars

Ababil
Karrar
Mohajer
Shahed 129

C201 Ra'ad
C701 Kosar
C704 Jask
C704 Nasr
C802 Noor
Ghader
Zafar

Air-to-Surface

Air-to-Air

Surface-to-Surface

Surface-to-Air

GBU-67/9A Qadr
AGM-379/20 Zoobin

Balaban
Qaem
Yasin

Father of All Bombs
Anti-tank
Nafez
Ra'ad
Saegaeh
Saghegh
Toophan Talaeey-e

MRL
Arash
Fajr
Hadid
Haseb
Nazeat
Noor
Oghab
Shahin

3rd Khordad
9D
15th Khordad
Bavar-373
Raad
Sayyad-1
Sayyad-2
Sayyad-3
Shahab Thaqeb
Taer
GROUND COMBAT

Tanks

Armored Vehicles

Artillery

Anti-Aircraft

Karrar
Sabalan
Samsam
T-72S
T-72Z / Safir-74
Tiam
Tosan
Zulfiqar
Aqareb
BMP-2
Boragh
Cobra BMT-2
Heydar-7 BTR-60+ ERA
Makran BTR-50
Nazir UGV
Raad MRAP
Rakhsh 4x4
122mm Raad-1
155mm Raad-2
155mm Darius HM41 SPG
155mm Hoveizeh SPG

Rocket Launchers
23mm AAA
57mm Bahman SPAAG
100mm Saer AAA



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