Thursday, 9 January 2020

The Oryx Handbook of Iranian Fighting Vehicles

By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans
The goal of this list is to comprehensively catalogue Iran's past and current inventory of vehicles and equipment. In an effort to streamline the list and avoid unnecessary confusion, civilian trucks towing military trailers or military trucks on which missiles, rockets or radars are based are not included in the list.

- If several configurations of a vehicle with one designation are known, they are added as such.

- The part within the apostrophes refers oto other designations or an unofficial designation.

- When available, the date of inception and range (of missiles) are added. As this list mostly relies on data reported by Iran, the date of inception and range should be used as a rough indication rather than a precise estimate.

- To avoid confusion over the names of certain SAM systems, the names of the missiles used on these SAM systems are sometimes included. 

- Vehicles captured or produced during the Iran-Iraq war and subsequently only used for a short period of time are not included in this list.

Be sure to check out this link for an overview of Iran's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). For a more complete overview of Iran's ballistic missiles and artillery rockets please click here.

(Click on the equipment to get a picture of them in Iranian service)

Tanks - Operational


Tanks - Prototypes


Armoured fighting vehicles - Operational


Armoured fighting vehicles - Prototypes


Infantry fighting vehicles - Operational


Infantry fighting vehicles - Prototypes

Armoured personnel carriers - Operational


Armoured personnel carriers - Prototypes


Infantry mobility vehicles (IMV)


Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)

Military engineering vehicles - Operational


Military engineering vehicles - Prototypes


Unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) - Prototypes


Command vehicles


Heavy mortars - Operational


Self-propelled mortars - Operational


Tank Destroyers - Prototypes


Towed Artillery


Self-propelled artillery - Operational


Self-propelled artillery - Prototypes


Multiple Rocket Launchers


Towed anti-aircraft guns - Operational


Towed anti-aircraft guns - Prototypes


Self-propelled anti-aircraft guns - Operational


Self-propelled anti-aircraft guns - Prototypes


Static SAM systems


Self-propelled SAM systems - Operational


Self-propelled SAM systems - Prototypes


Artillery Rockets


Cruise Missiles

  • 22px-Flag_of_Iran.svg Soumar [2015]
  • 22px-Flag_of_Iran.svg Martyr Abu Mahdi [2020] [Range: 1000km] (For use aboard ships. Can also be ground-launched)
  • 22px-Flag_of_Iran.svg Hoveyzeh [2019] [Range: 1350km]
  • 22px-Flag_of_Iran.svg Quds [2018] (Supplied to Houthi militants in Yemen. Used in the 2019 Abqaiq–Khurais attack on Saudi Arabia)
  • 22px-Flag_of_Iran.svg Meshkat [2012] (Did not enter production)  
  • 22px-Flag_of_Iran.svg Ya Ali (Documented by sources as used in the surface-to-surface role, not yet seen in this configuration)


Coastal Defence Missile Systems


Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles (ASBM)


Short-Range Ballistic Missiles (SRBM)


    Medium-Range Ballistic Missiles (MRBM)

    Anti-Radiation Ballistic Missiles (ARBM)

    Jammers and Deception systems


    Radars and Sensors



    Jeeps and Vehicles

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