Thursday, January 28, 2010

IRIAF, IRGCAF, IRIAA, AIRGA, and IRINA Serial Numbers

IRIAF, IRGCAF, IRIAA, AIRGA, and IRINA Serial Numbers

This is a partial list and am always adding to it. If you see any of the numbers that aren't included on the list, please feel more-then-free to tell me about them.

The only airframes included in this list are those seen relatively recently in order to avoid those that have since been retired, swapped out, re-serialed, etc
IRIAF
Azarakhsh

 




C-130












F-4
















F-5


















F-7









F-14















F-27
5-8801
5-8804
5-8805
5-8807
5-8811
5-8816

MiG-29












Mirage F1






PC-7
7-9915

Saeqeh






Simorgh
3-7011
3-7015
3-7019
3-7020

Su-24











AIRGA

An-74








Su-25






PC-7
15-2407


IRINA
AB-212
6-2406
6-2412
6-2416
6-2415
6-2418

RH-53

9-2701
9-2702
9-2704
9-2708

SH-3
9-2303
9-2310
9-2312
9-2313
9-2315
9-2317
9-2320


F-27
5-2601
5-2604
6-2604
(Odd discrepancy between the 5 and the 6, but i am absolutely sure both exist)

P-3

5-8704
5-8705
5-8706
IRGCN
F-27
SN-4101

Mi-8/17
See AIRGA

IRIAA

AH-1
3-4450
3-4451
3-4474 (sensor ball and MFD upgrade)
3-4476
3-4485
3-4520
3-4531
3-4541 (TOW)
3-4546 (TOW)
3-8501

Bell 205

6-9207
6-4962

Bell 206
2-4132
2-4234

Bell 214
6-4816
6-4857
6-4865
6-4866
6-4870
6-4878
6-4893
6-4913

Bell 412
6-9220

CH-47














F-27
5-3031
5-3032

AIRGA

Bell 205
15-1214

P4
15-1408

Mi-8/17
 
















Photo Credits:

In no particular order:

Reza Rahmani at Myaviation.ir
Atabak Chitsaz at IRAviation.com
Arash Jafari at IRAviation.com
Ali Alfoneh at IRAviation.com
Kayva Chakherloo at IRAvation.com
Reza Akbari at IRAviation.com
Babak at Airliners.net/IRAviation.com/airforce.ru
Mohammad Razzazan at Airliners.net
Mohammad Reza Farhadi Aref at Airliners.net
Shary(Shahram) at Airliners.net
Mahdy Jalali at Airliners.net/IRAviation.com
Kambiz at Airliners.net
Iman at Airliners.net
Bravo at Airliners.net
Danial.B at Airliners.net 
Amir Mahdavi at Airliners.net
Taha Ashoori at Airliners.net
Saeed Ezadi at Airliners.net
M.Jalali at Airliners.net
K.Noori at Airliners.net
Ali Heydari at Airliners.net/JetPhotos.net
Daniel Behmanesh at Airliners.net
Arash Naghib Lahouti at Airliner.net
Mohammad Jafar at CentralClubs.com
Fariborz at Central Clubs
Aerospacetalk.ir
Future Pilot
Alfa Bravo
Central Clubs
IRNA
Photozagros
Fars News
Mehr News
AJA.ir
ISNA

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Toofan ATGM

Toofan Anti-Tank Guided Missile
***Updated: Friday, March 19th, 2011***
***The Following is an Excerpt from "Iranian Military Capability 2011"***

The BGM-71 TOW is one of the primary ATGMs of the IRIGF and multiple versions are produced domestically under the name Toofan.

The TOW and the Toofan-1/2 are wire-guided SACLOS missiles with a variety of warheads. Due to it's large size, it is barely man-portable and is most often seen mounted on vehicle platforms such as the M113 APC, Safir tactical vehicle and AH-1 attack helicopter. The launchers have night-vision that is effective out to 2,500 m. The Toofan-1/2 is interchangeable with conventional TOW systems.

The Toofan-1 is modeled after the Basic TOW. The Toofan-2 is modeled after the BGM-71C. It has two versions, the first is a copy of the basic TOW with a nose probe (pictured far-left above). The second model (pictured far right above) has a larger 4.1 kg warhead in addition to the nose probe. Basic TOWs and Toofan-1s can be upgraded to either designation by replacing the warhead.

The Toofan-5 on the other hand is not a copy of any previous TOW versions. Unlike previous versions of the Toofan, it may use wire guidance in conjunction with laser (probably beam-riding) guidance. The missile itself resembles the TOW-2A, the nose probe indicating it does not have the top-down attack capability of the TOW-2B. It also features an extra set of 4 short control surfaces rear of the warhead.

Presumably, one of the reasons that beam-riding has been adopted in conjunction with wire guidance is to support the use of the Qaem SAM. The Qaem is a modified Toofan that features a second flight motor located just forward of the first, increasing the maximum speed and range. It should be noted that this system is not designed to replace MANPADS like the SA-”X” but supplement them for self defense against slow-flying helicopters.

The TOW/Toofan continues to serve as Irans primary ATGM, and given the production history compared other ATGMs appears to be the path Iran is choosing to pursue.

Toofan-1 Cutaway (Jamejam Online)
Specifications: Toofan-1
Weight: 18.5 kg
Length: 1.16 m
Diameter: 150 mm
Wingspan: 450 mm
Warhead: 3.6 kg HEAT
Penetration: 550 mm RHA
Effective Range: 3,500 m
Max Speed: 310 m/s
ROF: 2-3 rnd/m
Guidance: Wire-guided SACLOS



Two types of Toofans-2s on far left and right (Fars News)
Specifications: Toofan-2
Weight: 19.1 kg
Length: 1.45 m
Diameter: 150 mm
Wingspan: 450 mm
Warhead: 4.1 kg HEAT*
Penetration: 760 mm RHA
Effective Range: 3,500 m
Max Speed: 310 m/s
ROF: 2-3 rnd/m
Guidance: Wire-guided SACLOS



Toofan-5 (Borna News)
Specifications: Toofan-5
Weight: 19.1 kg*
Length: 1.51 m*
Diameter: 150 mm
Wingspan: 450 mm
Warhead: 5.9 kg HEAT*
Penetration: 900 mm RHA*
Guidance: Beam-riding/wire-guided SACLOS
* - assuming similar performance to the TOW-2A





Qaem (Borna News)
Specifications: Qaem
Diameter: 150 mm
Wingspan: 450 mm
ROF: 2-3 rnd/m
Guidance: Beam-riding/wire-guided SACLOS

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Units of the Iranian Armed Forces - ORBAT - Naval Marines

The information in the section is currently being reviewed and updated and should not be taken as being 100% accurate. - October 9th 2010

Naval Infantry

Marines
Like most marine units of the world, these troops are optimized for amphibious warfare, immediately identifiable by there unique camouflage, a mix of blue, black and sage safariflage with chocolate chip pattern. As well as their red rank and branch insignia.
They are identifiable via the blue service patch on the left upper arm.
They armed with the G3 rifle and make frequent use of support arms such as mortars, short range rockets, RPG's, MANPADS, and recoilless rifles. The use the M1 steel helmet.
They make use of the IRIN’s stock of hovercraft for amphibious assault operations as well as smaller Zodiac and Boghammer style boats. They also use naval UH-1’s and SH-3’s for helicopter. While on land they make use of motorbikes and small jeeps.




Naval Commandos

This appears to be one of the true commando or special forces brigades within the armed services as they are tasked mainly with naval action, that is, infiltration of and capture of ships and critical facilities. They were one of the units tasked with combating pirates in the Gulf of Aden where they were based off of the Alborz and the Naghati.
In general ,they appear to be based out of Bandar-e Abbas at
They are identifiable via their unique arm patches mentioned above, red and black patches on the right upper arm. They are armed with the uzi submachine gun, as well as the MP5 and dress in the safariflage camo mentioned above, though recently during and after their Aden operations, they have been shown the digital ACU-style camo. They wear a green beret. The use small patrol boats like the Mig-S-1800/1900 series as well as boghammers.




Unidentified

These require only a short mention, there is only a single picture available of these troops so any assumptions made should be taken with a grain of salt.
The distinguishing feature is a light blue patch on the upper left arm, perhaps of an open book. They also wear black berets and carry the G3.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Small Arms - Assault Rifles

Small Arms - Assault Rifles
***Updated: Friday, March 19th, 2011***
***The Following is an Excerpt from "Iranian Military Capability 2011"***

AK-47/Type-56/KL-7
KLS (top) and KLF (bottom) (Diomil)
The KL-7 is an Iranian copy of the Chinese Type 56 assault rifle that, like the AK-47 it was based on, emphasizes rugged simplicity and power.

Both the Type 56 and the KL-7 are distinguishable from conventional AK-47 designs in that they have a hooded front sight. KL-7s are distinguishable from Type 56s in that they have ribbed receiver covers.

The KL-7 comes in 3 varieties, the fixed stock KLS, the KLF with an under-folding metal stock and the KLT, with a sideways folding stock. All varieties either have the original wood hand-guard, and if fixed stock, a wooden butt-stock, or in same cases, synthetic furniture. Iran also maintains large stocks of other AK-47 variants acquired over the years. Occasionally one is seen with an M203-styled under-slung grenade launcher.

Note the ribbed receiver and BFA (Borna News)
Specifications: KL-7
Cartridge: 7.62x39 mm
Length: KLS: 890 mm, KLF: 895 mm (655 folded), KLT: 895 mm (690 folded
Weight: KLS: 3.57 kg. KLF: 3.80 kg, 3.60 kg
Muzzle Velocity: 715 m/s
Max Range: 2,000 m
Effective Range: 300 m
ROF: 600 rnd/m
Magazine: 30 round detachable

G3
(ISNA)
The G3 is the main battle rifle of the IRIA. It is somewhat an anomaly in modern infantry combat as it is a powerful weapon designed for long range combat but with a small ammunition capacity.

Iran domestically manufactures the G3 with either a fixed stock (G3-A3), or a retractable stock (G3-A4). They are recognizable by olive-green synthetic furniture. A lighter bull-pup model exists, however it appears to have remained a prototype. The same UGL mentioned above is also used on the G3.



Specifications: G3
Cartridge: 7.62x51 mm
IRIN Takavar with G3A4 (Mehr News)
Length: G3A3: 1,025 mm, G3A4: 1,025 mm (840 mm collapsed)
Weight: G3A3: 4.4 kg, G3A4: 4.7 kg
Muzzle Velocity: 800 m/s
Effective Range: 400 m
ROF: 500-600 rnd/m
Magazine: 20 round detachable




Sayyad 5.56
(Diomil)
The S.5.56 is a licensed copy of the Chinese CQ rifle, itself a copy of the M-16A1. It is in service with elite units within the IRGC.

It is a 5.56x45 mm weapon based on the M-16A1 with a 20 or 30 round box magazine and two types of rifling that will accept NATO or Chinese rounds depending on the barrel. Visually it's distinguished from the M-16 family by a unique revolver type pistol grip and cylindrical hand guard.

IRGC SF wth S.5.56 (IRNA)

Specifications: S.5.56
Cartridge: 5.56x45 mm
Length: 986 mm
Weight: 3.2 kg
Muzzle Velocity: 990 m/s
Max Range: 2,653 m
Effective Range: 460 m
ROF: 700-950 rnd/m
Magazine: 20 or 30 round detachable

Khaybar KH-2002
1st Generation Khaybar (Diomil)
The KH-2002, or Sama as the newer version is called, is an indigenous Iranian rifle first unveiled in 2004 designed to be a lightweight replacement for the G3 as the main rifle of the Iranian military. It is a bull-pup conversion of the S.5.56 rifle already manufactured by Iran.

Like the S.5.56 it has the same direct impingement action of the M-16A1. It uses both 20 and 30 round magazines. The rifle has a four-position fire-select lever near the rear of the rifle, enabling, single, burst or automatic fire, with the charging handle below the carrying handle. Two different styles of carrying handles exist in the KH-2002 (excluding the later Sama).The first having a CQ-like carrying handle with a separate forward sight assembly (pictured above). The second has a carrying handle that contains rear and forward sights and is more similar to the FAMAS.

There are three lengths determined by barrel size, a 730 mm rifle, a 680 mm carbine and a 780 mm marksmans rifle. The rifle can mount a bayonet, bipod or a variety of optics.

2nd Generation Khaybar (Military.ir)
The 2nd generation of the rifle, the Sama has a few key differences, first is a cosmetic change to charging handle, second is the mounting of several tactical rails on the forward section of the gun. There is also a wind adjustment knob on the rear sight. On the front of the trigger guard, they have added a forward hand support. As with the first model, there are two different types of forward sights, the first type maintains the FAMAS-style with both sights integrated, the second has a forward sight mounted directly to the barrel (pictured).

So far, the rifle has not made any headway into replacing the G3, but it has been deployed with at least one special forces unit, possibly IRGC or a commando unit, probably only for testing. The fact that it has not been deployed widely is evidence of the fact that the rifle was not found to be satisfactory, a fact backed up by low esteem most gun experts have of it.

Specifications: KH-2002
Cartridge: 5.56x45 mm
Length: Short: 680 mm, Middle: 730 mm, Long: 780 mm
Weight: Middle: 730 mm
Muzzle Velocity: 900-950 m/s
Max Range: 2,500 m
Effective Range: 450 m
ROF: 800-850 rnd/m
Magazine: 20 or 30 round detachable