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Iran's Army has a great need for modern Main Battle Tanks as demonstrated in both the Iran Iraq war and more recently during the Syrian Civil war. There is no substitute for Main Battle tanks.
You will always need a main battle tank for the foreseeable future, or at least something like it. Something that can deliever massive damage but can also take something. Even in "tank-unfriendly" countries like Afghanistan, an MBT can sometimes be very useful. Read the USMC reports. The tank REQUIRES the "Colonial-Skirmishing" enemy to either massively attack the tank (good luck if THIS one is well supported and has passive + active defense systems) or bypassing it. A tank can close off a lot of areas / certain positions in such "countries" ... A wheeled tank with 120mm has also its advantages - lower logistical footprint, less maintance/equipment costs, much highter strategic mobility and even tactical with good road network but in the end especially if all passive and active protection systems fail it can't take the tougher hits.
Iran needs ca. 600-800 MBTs imo, same quantity of TRACKED ifv which work together.
Americans will cut, like Russians and Chinese too, their numbers.
You aren't "allowed" to have too few but too many (always active, I don't speak about save guarded reserves :P), cause too high costs and no need as long as not active war.
Check out Israeli Army lul.
10 active Brigades. :D
 
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The UK are contemplating getting rid of their tanks altogether. However every modern army has tanks and they still play a vital role in the field. If nothing else, a tank is mobile cannon, mobile firepower.
UK is also an island and part of NATO. Not a wise comparison to Iran.

Any enemy trying to land substantial mechanized armour on an island would have difficulty logistically.

Second point England is NOT relied on to supply the bulk of mechanized armour of war were to occur with Russia. That duty lies on US, Germany,France and even Turkey.
 

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UK is also an island and part of NATO. Not a wise comparison to Iran.

Any enemy trying to land substantial mechanized armour on an island would have difficulty logistically.

Second point England is NOT relied on to supply the bulk of mechanized armour of war were to occur with Russia. That duty lies on US, Germany,France and even Turkey.
Indeed, nobody has invaded the UK in, I'm not sure but perhaps 400 years. Their navy is their front line.
 

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Although Most of Iran is mountainous and not well suited for armoured warfare, the oil rich Khuzestan province is flat lacking natural defenses against enemy armoured assaults. There for Iran needs modern MBTs to ensure that its vital oil reserves are protected.
 

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Like i said, their navy is their front line.
Their arse kissing America is their top weapon...... remember what happened to their ship that was being escorted by a British warship in the Persian Gulf??

Britain cant do jack on their own....so they dont need expensive tanks....also throughout history their tanks have been poor at best.....only the puppet Shah of Iran ever bought their crappy tanks, aned Iran paied for this dumb decision in tanks battels against Iraq.
 

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... Iran ... the oil rich Khuzestan province is flat lacking natural defenses against enemy armoured assaults.
The last attempt to invade a country with modern armored divisions was done by Israel in 2006. U do know the result. None country in the world is capable nowadays to invade Iran. Neither US nor Nato can afford it. The war of 2006 is seen by most armies in the world as the new Battle of Agincourt. It has set, the definite decline, if not unusefulness of the MBT. Thus, no one can dare to invade Iran.
 

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The last attempt to invade a country with modern armored divisions was done by Israel in 2006. U do know the result. None country in the world is capable nowadays to invade Iran. Neither US nor Nato can afford it. The war of 2006 is seen by most armies in the world as the new Battle of Agincourt. It has set, the definite decline, if not unusefulness of the MBT. Thus, no one can dare to invade Iran.
Do you think that the geography of South Lebonan is comparable to that of Khuzestan Province in south western Iran? So just because Israel was defeated in Lebonan in 2006 you think that proves the "unusefullness" of modern MBTs? The only thing that the war in 2006 proved was that not knowing/ underestimating your enemy + using poor tactics lead to defeat.
 

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Yep,sure looks like it sadly.
Typical lazy fvcking journalist or editor using a stock library photo.....and not even a correct library photo of an iranian rifle,nor even a caveat that its a library photo.
Pathetic.
Or...they could simply ask what rifle it is if they don't know.
 

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My point is that tanks seem to be losing favor with some military strategists who tend to believe that tanks are a relic of the past, leaning more towards a military doctrine which relies more on drones, cyber warfare and highly maneuverable and fast moving, lighter units.

Then there are those who believe that tanks still have a significant role to play on modern battlefields. I lean more towards the latter school of thought. After all, with proper air support and in sufficient numbers, well trained and equipped tank battalions can steam roll enemy positions, while simultaneously providing a significant level of protection for crews.

UK is also an island and part of NATO. Not a wise comparison to Iran.

Any enemy trying to land substantial mechanized armour on an island would have difficulty logistically.

Second point England is NOT relied on to supply the bulk of mechanized armour of war were to occur with Russia. That duty lies on US, Germany,France and even Turkey.
 

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