Iranian Mechanized Platoon

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"And Our Soldiers, They Verily Would Be The Victors."

– Iranian Army Motto

"Prepare against them what force you can."

– Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Motto

The Iranian military isn't all just martyrs and volunteers with little training. Inheriting a sizable force of western vehicles and acquiring eastern bloc equipment through trade deals and battlefield capture, the Iranian army and IRGC are motivated, reliable, and drilled. With this oddball mix of equipment, the Iranians stand firm against the aggression of any who threaten the revolution.

In Team Yankee[edit]

Just like the Basji, your Iranian mechanized platoon is a highly motivated force. With Courage, Morale, Rally, and Counterattack all at 3+, they'll be hard to shift. What hurts though, is their Skill of 5+. They're essentially better-motivated Czechs with worse skill and NATO weaponry (MG3 Teams with 16" compared to AK teams with 8").

Unlike most PACT troops, these guys are not your usual human wave of AKs. With NATO unit sizes and PACT stats, these guys are weak and small enough to melt under concentrated fire. Their firepower is comparable to a British mechanized platoon; capable of side-shotting tanks and pinning down enemy infantry from a defensive position but have little talent as offensive infantry.

In the Iranian army list, these troops are your defensive troopers dutifully holding rough terrain and objectives while your Basji fix bayonets. You could take M113s or BTRs as transports, or upgrade your transports to BMP-1s for just a single point! Considering the low cost of a mechanized platoon, these BMPs could operate as multiple small units hunting for soft-skinned vehicles like enemy IFVs.

Three points gets you 3 MG teams, 3 M113s and 2 RPG-7 teams while four points gets you 4 MG teams, 4 M113s and 3 RPG teams.

For transports, these guys start with M113s but can swap to BTR-60s for free if you want glass cannons with better on-road performance. Alternatively, you could pay 1 point to outfit a platoon with BMP-1s.

Your AT/AA options are simple, but simple is better sometimes. You can take an M47 Dragon team and/or a SA-7 Grail missile team for one point each: note that they only fire one shot, unlike PACT weapon teams.

If you want to represent the Iranian army, take M113's for your transports. If you want to represent IRGC professionals (not militia like the Basji), use BTR-60's and BMP-1s.

IRL[edit]

The Iranian army was not in a good place after the revolution due to the inevitable political purges, and some early defections and defeats in the initial wave of the Iraqi offensive cemented the fate of the Army coming second to the political Revolutionary Guard Corps in terms of reliability. Expected to make do with a load of equipment they were running low on spare parts for, the Army, IRGC, and the militias like the Basji essentially fought as completely isolated forces against the Iraqis for the first year of the war. After the Iraqi invasion stalled out at the end of 1980, the Army and IRGC had time time to rebuild, dig in, and get ready to strike back.

Oddly enough, your average Iranian soldier's equipment at the start of the war was not too dissimilar to that of your average German Jaeger. The Iranians used (and still use) G3's and MG3's, all built locally under license (and without license later on).

Iranian Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T-55 - T-62 - M60 Patton - Chieftain
Transports: M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
Troops: Iranian Mechanized Platoon - Basij Infantry Company
Artillery: M109 Howitzer - BM-21 Hail - M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - ZSU-57-2 - SA-8 Gecko
Tank Hunters: Jeep TOW - M113 106mm Recoilless
Recon: Scorpion
Aircraft: AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter
Soviet Support: SU-25 Frogfoot