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About the Iranian approach to the modernization of aviation weapons
Material posted: Publication date: 07-12-2022
The conflict in Ukraine revealed problems in the Russian system of construction of the armed forces, when the necessary samples were sometimes purchased in pieces while spending a lot on useless projects. Modernization programs for old products were often either disrupted or did not lead to improved performance. Against this background, Iran contrasts, whose military-industrial complex was able to qualitatively increase the combat potential of the armed forces without mass purchases of imported expensive weapons systems. This is clearly seen in the example of aviation.

What exactly did the Iranians do?

Under the conditions of sanctions pressure and a limited budget in the country, they took the path of significantly expanding the capabilities of old equipment. Thus, the outdated Su-22, F-4 or F-7 aircraft were equipped with guided precision Yasin bombs of their own production.

Back in December last year, we gave an example of testing one of the modifications of this family during the Great Prophet-17 exercises. Now the range of manufactured shells has expanded significantly.

The main variants of Iranian planning bombs are the Balaban with a range of up to 25 km, as well as the Yasin-1000 and Yasin-2000 with a range of 50 km. They are equipped with combat units of 100, 225, 300, 450 and 925 kilograms.

Also, the military-industrial complex of the Islamic Republic has launched mass production of the Yasin-1000ER and Yasin-500ER modifications with a range of about 150 and 200 km, respectively. Guidance occurs through inertial and satellite navigation systems. Now local engineers are working on the implementation of an active homing head in the Yasin family of bombs.

What does the example of Iran say?

The products of the Iranian military-industrial complex clearly demonstrate the possibility of a significant increase in the combat potential of products due to rational modernization. The focus on the expansion and serial production of the range of high-precision ammunition allowed us to bring the aircraft of the 70s to a more or less modern level. The declared range of destruction of planning bombs of 50 + kilometers theoretically allows the old F-4 or Su-22 to point bombs at objects at a considerable distance from the enemy's air defense detection areas.

Have there been similar works in Russia?

Yes, but due to the lack of priority in such developments, they went slowly, and there was no normal "running-in" of products in a combat situation. As a result, by the summer, the VKS had planning bombs, but even now their number is not enough. But if active activity in this direction had begun 10 years ago, then, perhaps, Russian bombers of the 4th generation would not have had to throw ODABs from extremely low altitudes, going under the enemy's MANPADS.
Source: @rybar

Tags: Iran , armed forces

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