The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September.
Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were seen in Iranian media at that time.
The full system was seen in photographs and television coverage of the 28 September event, which included a firing demonstration. The imagery showed that, as previously suspected, the Asefeh is based on the 20 mm M197 rotary cannon fitted to the Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra attack helicopters delivered to Iran in the 1970s. […]