The Islamic Republic of Iran has an extremely variegated army. It harmoniously (or not always) serve side by side “Chiefs” and T-72, “Cheonmaho” and M-47, BMP-2 and M-113. Some of these products are being upgraded to the point of losing recognition. The Persians also produce their own cars. We have already reviewed the Iranian-made Raad self-propelled guns , now let’s talk about the armored personnel carriers there.
The Rakhsh 4 * 4 armored personnel carrier, named after the horse of the mythical hero Rustam, is believed to have been in production since 2005 (although, according to other sources, its prototype was first shown at a military exhibition in Tehran in 1989). To a greater extent, this machine is adapted to perform police tasks than army ones. Rakhsh body welded, protects against 7.62 mm bullets. It is possible to install additional armor plates (it is they that give the vehicle its characteristic “scaly” appearance). Crew of two people (driver and commander), also transports 8 soldiers. The driver has two large windows with bulletproof glass at the disposal of the driver; the paratroopers have embrasures for shooting. Embarkation and disembarkation are carried out through the side and stern doors. The mass of the armored personnel carrier is 7.5 tons at full load. The Rakhsh is powered by a 155 hp diesel engine and has a top speed of 80 km / h on the highway. Due to local climatic conditions, Iranian armored personnel carriers are equipped with air conditioning.