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Karrar

Main battle tank

Karrar tank

The Karrar is an upgraded version of Iranian T-72S tank with significantly improved capabilities

 
 
Country of origin Iran
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 48 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 10 m
Hull length ~ 6.8 m
Width ~ 3.5 m
Height ~ 2.3 m
Armament
Main gun 125 mm smoothbore
ATGW unspecified type
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Elevation range - 6 to + 14 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ~ 40 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 1 000 ~ 1 200 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 550 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.85 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Karrar (striker) is a new Iranian main battle tank. It is a significantly upgraded version of the Iranian T-72S tank. A number of these tanks were supplied to Iran from Soviet Union. Currently Iran operates around 480 T-72S and even older T-72M1 tanks that could be upgraded to new standard. Footage on the Karrar was released in 2016. The tank itself was first publicly revealed in 2017. The upgraded tank is fitted with new turret, new add-on armor, new observation and aiming systems, new fire control system, and has a number of other upgrades. All of these upgrades significantly improved combat capabilities of the ageing T-72 series tanks in the key areas of protection, firepower and, possibly, mobility. As of 2017 production of the Karrar is underway. However it is unclear if a pre-production or full-scale production batch is being built.

   Development of the Karrar was clearly assisted by Russia. It has a number of similarities with the Russian T-90MS and uses some similar components. It might be a license-produced version of the T-90MS from the Russian supplied components. However the Karrar is not as capable as the T-90MS. It is also inferior to modern Western and Chinese main battle tanks.

   The Karrar has improved protection comparing with the T-72S. Original cast turret was replaced by a new welded turret with a turret bustle. Some of the ammunition is stored in the turret bustle, which has blow-out panels. However it is likely that the turret bustle acts only as external ammunition storage and is not accessible from the inside of the tank.

   The hull and turret are fitted with new add-on explosive reactive armor kit. Externally it resembles Russian Relikt explosive armor of new generation. Though it looks like the Iranian armor is different. Anyway it should be superior to the ageing Kontakt-1 explosive reactive armor kit, used on the T-72S tanks. Lower side of the hull is protected by rubber skirts. Rear parts of the hull and turret are covered with cage armor. The Karrar is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   The Iranian tank is armed with a new 125 mm smoothbore gun. It fires various types of rounds, including APFSDS, HE and HE-FRAG rounds. Effective range of fire with APFSDS round is around 2 000-3 000 m. The gun can also launch anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary munitions. These missiles have a range of 4 000-5 000 m. The gun has a metal sleeve at the base of the gun barrel. The purpose of this sleeve is unclear. It is possible that it improves the gun's stabilization when firing on the move.

   The gun is fitted with an autoloader. The Karrar retains a carousel-type autoloader of the T-72S. Maximum rate of fire is up to 8 rounds per minute, or 1-2 rounds per minute, when loaded manually. These Soviet autoloaders are proven, but have a common drawback as their ammunition is store directly in the crew compartment. A total of 22 rounds are stored in the autoloader and are ready to use. However remaining rounds are stored in a new turret bustle rather than the crew compartment in order to avoid risks of explosion. Around 40 rounds of ammunition are carried for the main gun, including anti-tank guided missiles.

   The Karrar is fitted with a remotely-controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun. It looks like coaxial machine gun has been deleted.

   The tank has got new sights and fire control system. It is fitted with a panoramic commander's sight and new gunners sight. The main sight was reportedly produced by Slovenian company Fotona. Also the Karrar retains original sight of the T-72S. Its sights and fire control system are clearly superior to those of the T-72S. The panoramic commander's sight is present on most Western and the latest Chinese and Russian tanks. The new Iranian tank has got a hunter-killer engagement capability. The commander uses a panoramic sight to search for targets. Once the target is selected the gun is laid on the target automatically and the gunner completes al the aiming and firing process. During that time commander looks for the next target. In this way the targets can be acquired and engaged faster than on the T-72S.

   The new Iranian tank has upgraded observation systems and driving aids. It is fitted with cameras, satellite navigation system and digital instrument panel.

   This tank is operated by a crew of 3, including commander, gunner and driver.

   Iranian footage showed these tanks with stripped-out engine bays. This could be an indication that upgraded tanks are fitted with new engines. Most likely that Karrar is fitted with a new diesel, developing around 1 000 to 1 200 hp. It is also possible that engines for these new Iranian tanks were supplied from Russia. Tracks of the Karrar are similar to those of the Russian T-90MS, American M1 Abrams or German Leopard 2 series tanks. Additional external fuel tanks can be mounted to extend operational range of the tank.

   The tank is fitted with a built-in blade for self-entrenching. Vehicle can prepare itself a defensive emplacement without the help of other military engineer vehicles.

 

 
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