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Zulfiqar 3

Main battle tank

Zulfiqar 3 MBT

The Zulfiqar 3 main battle tank is less sophisticated, than the latest MBTs

 
 
Country of origin Iran
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ?
Length (gun forward) ?
Hull length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Main gun 125 mm smoothbore
ATGW ?
Machine guns ?
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
ATGW ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 1000 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 450 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.8 m
Trench ~ 2.8 m
Fording ~ 1.4 m
Fording (with preparation) ?

 

   The Zulfiqar 3, or Zolfaqar 3, is an Iranian Main Battle Tank (MBT). Is a further development of the Zulfiqar 2, which was only an interim design, which never reached production. The tank is named after a legendary sword. This MBT is clearly based on the Zulfiqar line, but also resembles a US M1 Abrams. It was developed during the late 1990s. Status of the Zulfiqar 3 is unclear. Most likely that it never reached series production and only a couple of prototypes were ever built. Development of indigenous Iranian tank turned out to be a too ambitious idea, as Iran lacks necessary funds, as well as research and industrial capabilities. Most other new Iranian armored vehicle are just refurbished and upgraded versions existing designs, or various remakes that use refurbished components.

   This main battle tank has a welded steel hull and turret. Its front arc is reinforced by composite armor. Protection was improved, comparing with the previous production Zulfiqar 1.

   The Zulfiqar 3 It is armed with a fully-stabilized 125 mm smoothbore gun, similar to that of the T-72. This gun is fitted with an autoloader. Ready to use ammunition is stored in the turret bustle.

   Vehicle has an upgraded fire control system.

   The Zulfiqar 3 is operated by a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver.

   The Zulfiqar 3 is powered by an unspecified diesel engine, which is likely to be similar to that of the Zulfiqar 2. It is speculated that the engine develops around 1 000 hp.

 

 

 
Zulfiqar 3 MBT

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Zulfiqar 3 MBT

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Zulfiqar 3 MBT

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