On August 6th, Iran unveiled three smart bombs that are usable on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The three new weapons are: the Yasin, the Balaban and the new series of Ghaem optic bombs. All of the new bombs are domestically manufactured.
It came short of an “unveiling” since the guided aerial bombs were already known.
The images of the Balaban and Yasin bombs (called JDAM-ER) were shown at exhibitions earlier this year among the products of the Iranian Defense Industry Organization, and the first version of the Ghaem bombs was presented together with the UAV Mohajer-6.
However, it turned out that under the name Ghaem, we now have a whole family of guided bombs for drones.
The Ghaem-9 is a new version of the bomb for large strike UAVs like Mohajer-6 and Shahed-129, the Ghaem-5 is the standard guided bomb that immediately went into production with the Mohajer-6 UAV. It’s already been used on attacking positions of Kurdish groups in Northern Iraq.
The Ghaem-1 is a smaller version of it designed for use with relatively small UAVs, such as the widespread Iranian tactical reconnaissance UAVs Ababil-3.
Speaking at the event introducing the munitions, Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said “Balaban” has folding wings designed to increase its range. It is guided by GPS and sensors and could be mounted under planes, choppers, and drones.
Balaban guided planning bombs can hit a target at a shorter distance (around 25 km), but they are also noticeably smaller.
Hatami described Yasin as a long-range smart, pinpoint and guided bomb that can be fired from a range of 50 kilometers of its target from manned or unmanned aircraft.
The Yasin (JDAM-ER) have a flight range of more than 50 km and were shown for the firs -time last year among the armaments of the Su-22 AKSIR fighter bomber upgraded in Iran and there were already photographs of them being equipped on F-7 fighters.
In closing, Brigadier General Amir Hatami praised Iranian progress in developing its weapons and said that it would never succumb to US pressure.
“The Defense Ministry will never hesitate to defend the Islamic Republic, and boost security despite the malice and conspiracies hatched by the Great Satan, America.”
The video of the “unveiling” is underneath, but it has no English translation:
On August 5th, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, the commander of Iran’s Navy (not to be confused with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy), announced that the Iranian armed forces and the Russian armed forces signed a “classified” deal to expand cooperation through a series of projects, one of which will be joint military drills in the Persian Gulf before the end of 2019.
The Admiral said he signed the deal with the Russian Defense Ministry on behalf of Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces during his trip to Moscow last week
“Some articles of this agreement are classified but overall, it is aimed at expanding military cooperation between the two countries,” he said. “Of course, a large part of it includes the naval forces of the two countries and the agreement can be called the first of its kind between the two sides.”
Rear Admiral Khanzadi called the deal a “turning point” in military-to-military ties between Russia and Iran.
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