Iran has armed its forces in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor with Russian-made 2K25 Krasnopol guided artillery rounds, the Annahar al-Arabi reported on March 10, citing a number of Syrian sources.
According to the Beirut-based news outlet, Iranian-backed forces in southern Deir Ezzor recently revived a shipment of the laser-guided round.
Iranian-backed forces reportedly held a training course on the use of the Krasnopol system near the town of Sabikhan. Around 70 fighters attended the course.
Most 152 mm artillery guns can fire the 2K25 Krasnopol that is guided by semi-active laser. The advanced round has a range of 20 km and can hit its targets, which can be illuminated from the ground of the air, with pinpoint accuracy.
The Krasnopol system was spotted with Iranian forces in Syria before. A video showing Iranian military advisers firing several 2K25 Krasnopol rounds at militants’ positions in Aleppo surfaced online earlier this year.
The precision-guided weapon system will likely be used by Iranina-backed forces to neutralize ISIS cells’ hideouts and equipment in western Deir Ezzor.
Iran’s ability to deliver such state-of-the-art systems to its forces in Deir Ezzor is a heavy blow to Israel. So far, Tel Aviv has failed to stop Iranian weapons shipments to Syria.
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