On July 18, the Iranian state-owned Tasnim News Agency reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) plans to equip 800 Karrar main battle tanks.
It is part of the IRGC’s plan to modernize the tankers as well as its land forces. The new Iranian-made main battle tank – Karrar tank is armed a modern electro-optical fire control system, a laser rangefinder, ballistic computer and could fire at both stable and mobile targets in day or night and in any weather condition. The Karrar tank is also fitted with a new welded turret which has a 125 mm smoothbore gun. It can fire laser-guided missiles, likely from the main gun barrel likes any advanced tank such as Russian T-90MS , Chinese Type 99, … and for anti infantry and anti aircraft duty, Karrar has a remotely operated 12.7-millimeter heavy machine gun.
As for the armor protection, Karrar main battle tank has reactive armor tiles to protect against anti-tank shells, rockets, and anti tank missiles. The Karrar is fitted with latest generation of armour, with ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour) at the front of the hull and turret. With some information, Iran tank is also armed with sensors help to detect anti tank missile approaching direction and fire 125mm gun to destroy the launcher
Previously, on February, Chief Commander Kioomars Heidari said in February that plans for Karrar tank production and equipment were well prepared and were about to go into mass production. And now in July, Karrar tank are ready to be delivered to the Iranian armed forces . And in the plan, at first, Karrar tank will be deployed in primary tank units and then are deployed in reserved units
The outside is very similar to the T-90MS Russian tank. According to some sources, it is a product developed on Russian licensed copy and technical support from Russia. According to Major General Kioomars Heidari, however, it is a unique and completely developed and locally manufactured product of Iran.