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How many tanks equip the Armored Division  in iran army? ::)
I know the 92nd Division had three armored battalions, but how many tanks?

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Simple_Bubba has the answer to your question in this thread:
http://www.iranmilitaryforum.net/index.php?topic=842.0

Assuming 3 armored battalions, with 34 tanks per battalion. Roughly 100 tanks.
Last Edit: December 10, 2010, 03:25:37 AM by Ayyash

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Simple_Bubba has the answer to your question in this thread:
http://www.iranmilitaryforum.net/index.php?topic=842.0

Assuming 3 armored battalions, with 34 tanks per battalion. Roughly 100 tanks.

Thank you

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 Just a reminder that 3-4 battalions make up a brigade and that 3+ brigades make up a division. Battalions are made up of companies wich are made up of platoons. The Question is how many tanks make up the platoon in the Iranian Army/IRGC? As far as I know most  Nato Armies employ between 4 to 5 tanks per platoon(Squadron). The other question is how many of the battalions in the division are tanks and how many are armoured reconnaissance or even possibly mechanised infintry battalions.

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One of the more interesting cases i've noticed is that Iran's armored and mechanized infantry brigades are often one in the same. Most countries armored brigades are significantly heavier then their mechanized infantry, with more tank battalions then infantry. With Iran, both seem to have roughly one armored battalion per brigade. Some armored brigades have more, but not that much more.

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I'll add to the above in saying that Iran has no fixed rule as to the number of grouped armored vehicles supporting ground units-- the number fluctuates between operational environment and operational priorities in peacetime and situational priorities during wartime. So where as it is a reasonably safe to assume that roughly 34 tanks per each battalion provide support this isn't uniform.

The other point to note is that heavy armored units, such as armored brigades, aren't given a major tactical pinning as independent segments. In that sense, armor isn't the major component of the ground forces of Iran for that matter as well especially given Iran's limited numbers. Hence, in most cases we see units scattered alongside other mechanized infantry units in which they are roughly equivalent. On an operational footing, this allows Iran's limited armored assets to be more dispersed-- i.e in the form of what is often militarily termed as mobile 'fire-fighting' teams moving up and down the lines to tackle breaks rather then conducting concentrated armored assaults. The inherent compromise in this is that such a strategy does not allow for concentrated groupings, puts the onus on infantry support groups, and becomes increasingly difficult when confronting dedicated heavy armored assaults of a more sophisticated enemy. On the other hand, given an enemy with almost equally limited armored formations, it forces them to divert resources proportionally. As such, say in comparison to similar NATO formations, Iranian armor based groups are considerably lighter.

Hence, Iranian armored formations in a tactical sense are more properly varying combined arms groups having both armor and infantry as more organic components. Of course alongside these there are the more usual artillery, AA and signals teams. As a consequence, whereas in most modern (largely Cold War) military doctrines, tanks form a major impetus of such a group, Iranian combinations see them as more independent support units. I hope this helps. 
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Here's a picture from one of the sections from my blog:

This particular screenshot from GE is from the "Ashura" garrison (IRGC) west of Isfahan.

There's roughly 30 tanks visible (ignore the '22', that's a typo). There are some missing, but that's not suprising at all, they're probably under the storage sheds in the same compound. This illustrates what Ruhollah is saying, like with airplanes, its rare that every single asset is in service at any given time. They're continually being rotated through maintenance, active-duty, reserve-duty etc. There was actually a thread here a little while ago where someone managed to take quite a few excellent pictures of Safir-74's presumably on their way to be serviced.

There's also a battalions worth of IFV/APC's - 1 company of BMP's, plus another possible BMP company and a combined M113/possibly Boragh company.

In the storage sheds south of what's pictured are some more armor either adjacent to the sheds, or peeking our from under them, including part of what might be another IFV/APC battalion.

Notably absent that's usually visible, is artillery. Though this statement shouldn't be taken to mean that i don't think there is any artillery, just that it's probably inside.

Last Edit: December 10, 2010, 10:30:01 PM by Ayyash

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Is all battalions of 92nd Division in ahvaz?

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More tanks and artillery are always necessary to overwhelm the enemy. Iran needs more metal working factories. When you spend your life working on and manufacturing iron, you absorb its properties and become hard as the shells and sharp as the bayonet!
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