Zulfiqar Main Battle Tank


Zulfiqar MBT

Active: est. 1996
Crew: 3
Weight: est. 39 tons (40,00kg)
Length: Classified
Height: Classified
Width: Classified
Weapons: Main – 4.92in (125mm) smoothboregun, Secondary – 1 x 0.3in (7.62mm) coaxial machine gun, 1 x 0.5inch (12.7mm) anti-aircraft machine gun
Armor Classified
Engine: Diesel, 1000hp
Speed: 43mph (70kph)
Range: est. 311 miles (500 km)

The Zulfiqar main battle tank is an Iranian tank based on the Soviet Union’s T-72 main battle tank.

Zulfiqar main battle tank with turret traversed to the back. Source: Jane's Tanks and Combat Vehicles Recognition GuideIt is believed that the Zulfiqar contains some components of America’s M48 Patton and M60 Patton tanks.

Production of the Zulfiqar MBT began in sometime between 1996 and 1999.

The Zulfiqar main battle tank has a torsion bar suspension that resembles the suspension on the American M48 and M60 tanks. There are seven pairs of road wheels and five pairs of track return rollers. The idler is in the front and the drive sprocket is in the rear.

A 4.92 inch (125mm) smoothbore gun is the Zulfiqar’s primary weapon.

The Zulfiqar uses the T-72’s automatic loader, so the crew is reduced to three men – driver, commander and gunner.

Secondary armament on the Zulfiqar MBT consists of a 0.3 inch (7.62mm) machine gun and a 0.5 inch (12.7mm) anti-aircraft gun.

The Zulfiqar main battle tank has a computerized fire control system, a fire detection and suppression system, night vision equipment and an NBC system. It can be fitted with explosive reactive armor.

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