Remember these Soviet built Arabian cruisers, the T-55's? Israel took a few of them out in the Six-Day War? Ring a bell? Tanks!?! Ok, well, just click here.
One of my favorite hangouts for Iran info is a little blog called Usknowi on Iran. Don't look so much for analysis or smartassery--like you might find at a place called www.bloggingthecasbah.com--instead, these dudes actually report news. About time we had a little bit of that around here, eh readership?
They had an interesting post today on Iran's attempts to upgrade their tanks. Iran's so-called "self-sufficiency unit" claims to have upgraded two of them. And as your favorite Guerrilla understands, here is how it breaks down:
1. T-55: Everything from a modern engine to anti-aircraft has been installed on these beasts of the desert. "Modernizing the engine and fire-control systems of Tank T55 have been completed successfully," Head of the self-sufficiency unit of the IRGC Ground Force, Colonel Nasser Arab Beigi told FNA.
2. Tosan: The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force is working to produce a "quick reaction" tank. These tanks seemed to be outfitted for much smaller wars, should a huge country like Iran ever need to fight one. Dubious? Of course. I think these tanks are more designed for "export"--if you catch my drift. (Last time I saw a tank like this I was in Beirut right after the Summer War in 2006. Lebanese Forces were using them for so-called "riot control" just in case some 2,000 plus Hezbollah supporters decided to get rowdy. Think Hezbollah will ever get tanks?)