Pomp and Ceremony: Iran Army Day

Published April 19th, 2018 - 12:21 GMT

Iran’s Army Day celebrated 18 April each year to show the country’s prowess in military armaments. This year is no different for Iran seeks to display her military technology in face of rivals such as Saudi Arabia and to show her presence in the region, foremost in Syria and in the backing of different Shiite militias in Lebanon, Iraq and backing the Houthis in Yemen. In attendance was Iranian president Hassan Rohani and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Hussein Baqri. Newest technological equipments are on display such as the Kamin 2 and Sera 1 missile systems, radar systems, rapid reaction command and control systems, S-300 and S-200 missiles as well tanks, armoured vehicles and sniper rifles 

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Iranian soldiers play during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Iranian soldiers play during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP

A military truck carries missiles during the military parade on Iran's Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP

A military truck carries missiles during the military parade on Iran's Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Military brass band in full swing at Iran's Army Day on 18 April, 2018, ATTA KENARE / AFP

Military brass band in full swing at Iran's Army Day on 18 April, 2018, ATTA KENARE / AFP

An Iranian military truck carries parts of a S-300 air defence missile system during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.This is part of Iran's new military industrialization which is being revamped. ATTA KENARE / AFP

An Iranian military truck carries parts of a S-300 air defence missile system during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.This is part of Iran's new military industrialization which is being revamped. ATTA KENARE / AFP

More showcasing of Iran's missiles at Army Day 18 April, 2018. ATTA KENARE / AFP

More showcasing of Iran's missiles at Army Day 18 April, 2018. ATTA KENARE / AFP

And then there are the towering helicopter's. April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP

And then there are the towering helicopter's. April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Iranian soldiers play during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP
A military truck carries missiles during the military parade on Iran's Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Military brass band in full swing at Iran's Army Day on 18 April, 2018, ATTA KENARE / AFP
An Iranian military truck carries parts of a S-300 air defence missile system during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.This is part of Iran's new military industrialization which is being revamped. ATTA KENARE / AFP
More showcasing of Iran's missiles at Army Day 18 April, 2018. ATTA KENARE / AFP
And then there are the towering helicopter's. April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Iranian soldiers play during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Iranian soldiers play during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP
A military truck carries missiles during the military parade on Iran's Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP
A military truck carries missiles during the military parade on Iran's Army Day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Military brass band in full swing at Iran's Army Day on 18 April, 2018, ATTA KENARE / AFP
Military brass band in full swing at Iran's Army Day on 18 April, 2018, ATTA KENARE / AFP
An Iranian military truck carries parts of a S-300 air defence missile system during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.This is part of Iran's new military industrialization which is being revamped. ATTA KENARE / AFP
An Iranian military truck carries parts of a S-300 air defence missile system during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.This is part of Iran's new military industrialization which is being revamped. ATTA KENARE / AFP
More showcasing of Iran's missiles at Army Day 18 April, 2018. ATTA KENARE / AFP
More showcasing of Iran's missiles at Army Day 18 April, 2018. ATTA KENARE / AFP
And then there are the towering helicopter's. April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP
And then there are the towering helicopter's. April 18, 2018 in Tehran. ATTA KENARE / AFP

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