Iran unveiled a new Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Personnel Carrier manufactured by the country’s experts in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
General Hatami elaborated on the features of the new MRAP vehicle named Toufan, saying: “Toufan is a 4x4 vehicle with the capability to resist against mine explosion, booby-traps and blasts that result from the explosion of several kilograms of TNT and layers of protection against different steel-core bullets.”
He added that the vehicle can move through water channels 1.5 meters in depth as well as vertical obstacles, noting that it can carry 10 personnel and is able to travel at the speed of 50km with flat tires.
General Hatami said that semi-heavy weapons can be mounted on the personnel-carrier, adding that it is also equipped with ballistic protection and vents to fire from the back cabin.
He noted that Toufan can travel at the maximum speed of 100km/h.
The new Personnel Carrier was delivered to the Law Enforcement Police and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Ground Force.
In 2017, Iran had also unveiled the country’s newly-manufactured tank named ‘Karrar’ and launched its mass-production line in a ceremony attended by former Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.
“The tank can compete with the most advanced tanks in the world in the three main areas of power, precision and mobility as well as maintenance and durability in the battleground,” General Dehqan said, addressing the ceremony.
Noting that the tank was equipped with electro-optical fire control system, laser rangefinder, ballistic computer and enjoys the capability to fire at stable and mobile targets in day and night, he said, “Karrar has the capability to fire missiles and precisely guide them (towards the target).”
General Dehqan added that the tank could also move through pits and rivers and is capable of moving even under water, and said Karrar was equipped with navigation and telecommunication systems and is resistant to electronic warfare.
He underscored that the tank was also equipped with armored protection resistant to different types of anti-armor weapons.