The Iranian Defense Ministry recently showcased the latest weapons developed by the country’s Defense Industries Organization.
One such example was an underwater pistol reportedly resembling Russia’s distinctive four-barrel SPP-1. Sharp-eyed analysts immediately took to social media, claiming that Iran copied the Soviet-made pistol that fires a bullet specially engineered to strike targets underwater up 50 feet away.
So there was an exhibition in Iran this week.
Apparently the DIO have…a bolt action 40mm sniper rifle?
— Arms Show Tracker (@21aar_show) May 25, 2021
According to Covert Shores, the Iranian version appears identical to the Russian pistol, although the grip and muzzle look different.
Iran’s ability to develop a range of weapons is seen by analysts as possibly “ahead of anything known in the West and matched only by Russia and China.”
Last week, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveiled a new combat drone dubbed “Gaza” in tribute to Palestinians standing against Israel’s “invasion and aggression.”
The drone can fly at over 35,000 feet at a speed of 350 kilometers per hour (200 mph) for 20 straight hours. It is also capable of carrying more than a dozen bombs.
The country also test-launched a new satellite carrier using its “most powerful” solid-fuel engine to date. The satellite will execute functions such as communications, navigation, and reconnaissance that are beneficial for the military.
“This three-stage carrier can compete with the world’s current carriers, and has two stages of solid propulsion and a single liquid one,” Iran Space Division Spokesman Ahmad Hosseini said.