Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces Get New Weapons


SF: On June 26, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) held their first ever parade to commemorate the seventh anniversary of their establishment.

More than 20,000 fighters took part in the parade. Originally, the parade was set to be held in the capital, Baghdad, on June 13. However, policies pressure led to a number of delays. The parade was also moved to the central province of Diyala.

The PMU parade was attended by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi as well as senior officers of the Iraqi military.

“We attended the parade of our heroic army on December 6, as well as the valiant police, and today we attended the parade of our sons in the Popular Mobilization,” the PM said on Twitter after attending the parade. “We affirm that our work is under the banner of Iraq, and protecting its land and people is our duty.”

Several infantry and special forces units of the PMU participated in the Parade. The PMU also showcased several heavy weapons, including up-armored T-72 battle tanks, Iranian-made Toofan mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles and locally assembled TAG Terrier LT-79 armored vehicles.

National Interest: Iran has revealed a new attack drone. The Kian jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle appears to be around 10 feet in length.

With its simple shape and apparent fiberglass fuselage, the new UAV probably is unsophisticated. But even an unsophisticated drone can pose a danger to enemy forces if its user employs it the right way and in sufficient numbers. (note the childish tone of this article by the “National Interest)

Brig. Gen. Alireza Sabahifard, the head of Iran’s air-defense force, revealed the Kian at a ceremony in Tehran on Sept. 1, 2019. Sabahifard told state media the UAV can fly more than 600 miles and climb to an altitude of 15,000 feet.

The Kian will carry out precision strikes against “distant targets … far from Iran’s borders,” Sabahifard added.

“Oddly, the drone announcement was made in English – but Farsi media downplayed its importance,” The Jerusalem Post pointed out. “This likely means that [state media] ISNA and PressTV were given orders to push this information to make Western audiences aware of it.”

Iran also showed off another drone called Mobin in Russia on Aug. 27, [2019]. It can supposedly fly up to 45,000 feet high for 45 minutes, and has a warhead of 120 kilograms. That’s a lot, but it’s not clear how far it can go.

Tehran also showed off new “smart bombs” on Aug. 6, [2019]. According to reports, these were dubbed the Yasin and Balaban and a new series of Qaem “optic bombs.” They can be used on drones and have “advanced, precision-guided” equipment. In January, Iran also showed off another UAV called Saegheh-2, which looks like a medium-range reconnaissance drone modeled on the U.S. RQ-170. read more..


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  1. The Irainians must be very intelligent. They don’t waste precious time learning to parade march in “practically” useless mechanical precision.
    They paint some lines on the street and let their guys follow those with a comfortable gait.

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