Light Tactical Vehicles (Incl. Motorcycles)
***The Following is an Excerpt from "Iranian Military Capability 2011"***
Motorcycles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV)
|'Blow of Zulfiqar' Wargames, Baluchistan, 2006 (Fars News)|
Motor-bikes are deployed throughout the ground forces, in the marines, IRGCGF, and the IRIA. They are commonly deployed at the squad level in hunter-killer teams, such as with a team of 5+ bikes of two men each carrying RPG's and assault rifles. Other organizations include mechanizing an entire squad or platoon, complete with rifleman, support gunners, and anti-air/tank soldiers. It's also not uncommon to see a "swarm" of motor-bikes with 10-20 RPG's and supporting rifleman. Sniper teams are also a common sight on motorbikes.
|Increasingly common use of 4-wheeled ATVs (Fars News)|
In the war with Iraq, Iran used motorcycles in this manner to destroy Iraqi armor by running circles around the cumbersome tanks with their slow-to-traverse turrets. These tactics depended on the lack of infantry support for the armor, a situation that is unlikely to be the case with any ground battles against US or even GCC Arab states.
|"Swarming" light infantry supporting armor (Fars News)|
Ultimately, as with so many other weapons, their effectiveness depends on their use. If used to set up ambushes and carry hunter-killer teams across cities or mountains the Iranians might have a deadly system, but if used to launch a charge across flatlands they would likely be mowed down by tanks or gunships.
|Ranger with 7.62 mm machine-gun (ISNA)|
Ranger and Samandar Tactical Vehicles
The Ranger (literally ‘Ranger’/ رنجر rather then the Persian word for ranger as one might expect) as well as the Samandar are light tactical vehicles that are comparable to the US DPV/FAV/LSV with the Samandar being a veritable copy in terms of configuration. Neither vehicle is reported to have entered serial production.
|Samandar variant (Borna News)|