Sayyad Armored Fighting Vehicle
***The Following is an Excerpt from "Iranian Military Capability 2011"***
The Scorpion also serves as the basis for the Sayyad AFV family of vehicles which include an anti-tank and artillery support version.
|AT Variant (Military.ir)|
Most notably though, the turret has been removed and is replaced by either a single or double Toofan/TOW ATGM launcher with six extra rounds carried on the outside of the tank,or two clusters of 23 77mm rockets each. These are probably intended as if they were used from a helicopter, in the direct-LOS role.
|MLRS Variant (Sejil.ir)|
The Sayyad concept represents an interesting fusion of conventional battle doctrine of lightly armored reconnaissance AFVs with the more asymmetric notion of using tank-killers in light, mobile packages like the Toofan-armed Sayyads. Depending on how they're used, they could be a game changer, or if used conventionally, they could be restricted to being no more valuable then the scouts they were designed to be.
The Sayyad does not appear to be in service due to its paint scheme indicating its status as a development project.