Iran Unveils RPG-7 Laser Simulator

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Wednesday unveiled a laser simulator for RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and hand grenades in a ceremony in the Southern province of Kerman.

“With the aim of decreasing the training costs and higher safety for forces who are being trained, a laser simulator for launching RPG7 rocket-propelled and hand grenades was unveiled in the provincial Abouzar base in Jiroft city,” Mehdi Soleimani, the training officer at Abouzar base, told FNA today.

Noting that the simulator uses no ammunition, he explained, “The system can simulate the sound of real explosion for both weapons and provide the needed trainings for using the real weapons (in the battlefield).”

Iranian experts have made huge progress in designing and developing various types of military simulators in recent years.

A simulator system for divers’ exit from Midget submarines, which can also be used for exercising the Navy personnel’s emergency exit, was unveiled in a ceremony participated by Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Abdolrahim Moussavi and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari in November.

Also in April, Iran unveiled its first home-made simulator for speed vessels in a ceremony attended by Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy General Alireza Tangsiri in the Central city of Isfahan.

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

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