The Iranian military unveiled various new weapons and platforms during and immediately after the annual Army Day Parade on 18 April, including a six-barrelled 12.7 mm gun called the Moharram.

Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces, said it was an air defence weapon capable of firing 2,500 rounds per minute. A manually operated Moharram was displayed mounted on the back of the truck during the parade.

While it could be used against helicopters, it is unlikely to be developed into an effective close-in weapon system (CIWS) capable of destroying incoming missiles. All the CIWS currently in service with other militaries use guns with a calibre of at least 20 mm. […]