US vs Iran
Mobile Anti-Armour Capability Iran has a very large stockpile of guided/unguided anti-tank weapons. During the Iran-Iraq war Iran bought a large number of Missiles from USSR, China and others; but as the war continued Iran began to manufacture some missiles under license and reverse engineered/improved and manufactured others. Currently Iran holds a large number of Chinese, Russian and Ukrainian anti-tank missiles which include: AT-2, AT-3, AT-5, RPG- 7V, and RPG-11 along with 3.5” rocket launchers, M-18 57 mm, M-20 75mm, B-10 82 mm, M-40 106 mm and B-11 107 mm recoilless guns. In addition Iran manufactures a variety of Anti-armour guided/unguided missiles; some of which are presented bellow:
RPG-7 Iran has been manufacturing RPG-7 for many years. The RPG-7 is a shoulder fired, single- shot, smoothbore recoilless launcher. Grenades are loaded from the front, and the rear of the barrel is fitted with venturi nozzle. Because of the recoilless design, there is a dangerous backblast zone, more than 20 meters/60ft long. The antitank grenades are of combination type, using a charge of smokeless powder for RCL-type launch. Once grenade reaches safe distance from the shooter (about 10-20 meters), the built-in rocket booster engine ignites and further accelerates the grenade, greatly enhancing the effective range (up to 500+ meters for single warhead grenades, up to 200+ meters for much heavier tandem or FAE grenades). Because of increase in range, RPG-7 is usually issued with 2.7X fixed magnification optical sight, designated PGO-7. The sight has a range- finding scale for typical targets (tanks) with height of 2.7m/9ft, and windage adjustment scales. RPG-7 also fitted with backup iron sights. RPG-7 uses mechanical ignition system with manually cocked external hammer, and a single-action trigger. Because of this, grenade must be properly aligned with the firing mechanism upon loading . SAGHEGH which is an improved version uses an 80 mm tandem HEAT warhead.
Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar