30/05/2017 17:30

Iran Mass Producing Shaher Sniper Rifle

A senior military official announced that Iran has started mass production of the home-made sniper rifle, Shaher.

“We are now mass producing Shaher sniper rifle,” Head of the Iranian Army Ground Force’s Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Brigadier General Seyed Massoud Zavareyee said on Sunday, told FNA.

He said that Iran has unveiled and tested different sniper rifles so far, adding, “These weapons are usually being mass produced after undergoing different tests.”

Shaher is an Iranian-made 14.5 mm anti-materiel sniper rifle capable of penetrating concrete strongholds, armored vehicles and helicopters. It has a maximum effective range of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi). The weapon weighs 22 kilograms (49 lb) and is 1.85 meters (6.1 ft) long.

It can engage helicopters and other low flying aircraft. The anti-armor rounds used by the Shaher are capable of penetrating 50 mm (2.0 in) thick armor and come in different armor-piercing varieties.

The rifle was unveiled in 2012 alongside a series of military vehicles and transportation units.

In April 2014, a new version of Shaher was unveiled, with Pica tinny rails added on the top of the rifle.