Of the Gulf States, Iran has the largest army. As with their Air Force and air defense missiles, their equipment comes from various sources. Most of the equipment fielded now came from Soviet sources.  Their most numerous tank is the T-72S Main Battle tank. It is estimated that they have 480 and are producing more.

T-72 tank

T-72 tank

While they also field M47’s, M50’s, and Chieftains, their second most numerous tank is the T-55 at about 100.

T-55

T-55

Iran has about 400 BMP-2’s.

BMP-2

BMP-2

And they have about 150 BTR-60’s.

BTR

BTR

Their most common towed artillery is the D-30.

Ural towing D30

Ural towing D30

They protect their army from air attack with several guns. First and most dangerous is the Oerlikon 35mm. It has a rapid rate of fire and is extremely accurate.

Oerlikon 35mm

Oerlikon 35mm

Also common and also offering a high rate of fire is the soviet-provided ZSU-23/4 with over a hundred in operation.

ZSU-23-4 radar guided AAA

ZSU-23-4 radar guided AAA

The United States, of course, has a large land equipment presence in the Gulf area. The main battle tank is the M1A1 which is operated by both the Army and Marines.

M1A1 Abrams

M1A1 Abrams

The Army has the M2A1 Bradley in several configurations.

Bradley Fighting Vehicle

Bradley Fighting Vehicle

The US Army also operates the Stryker which can be delivered by a C-130…just not very far.

Stryker

Stryker

The US Marines depend upon the LAV-25…

LAV-25

LAV-25

…which is brought ashore aboard an LCAC hovercraft seen below in the hold of the LSD-44 USS Gunston Hall.

LSD-44 Gunston Hall

LSD-44 Gunston Hall

LCAC’s carry heavy loads to the beach at very high speeds bringing mass to landing operations.

LCAC hovercraft

LCAC hovercraft

The LVTP-7 amphibious vehicle deploys from ships like the Mesa Verde or Bataan and comes ashore under its own power.

 

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For anti-aircraft, the US usually depends upon air superiority to clear the skies but in the event that something gets through, the Stinger is an effective close-in SAM.

Stinger

Stinger

The Army can deploy the Patriot system in secure areas.

Patriot Missile and Radar

Patriot Missile and Radar

Then there is the ultimate weapon…boots on the ground.

USMC

USMC

The Persians have more boots available and practice delivering by air.

IRIAA paratroopers

IRIAA paratroopers