Type Armoured personnel carrier
Place of origin  Iran
Service history
Used by See Operators
Production history
Manufacturer Defense Industries Organization (Iran)
MIC (Sudan)[1]
Produced 1997 - Present
Weight 13 tons
Length 6.72 m
Width 3.10 m
Height 1.66 m
Crew 3 (+8 passengers)

Armor Classified[2]
12.7 mm DShK 1938/46 heavy machine gun (1,000 rounds), 30mm cannon, 120mm mortar or a Toophan ATGM launcher
Engine V-8 diesel
330 hp (246 kW)
Power/weight 25.4 hp/tonne (18.9 kW/tonne)
Suspension torsion bar
Speed 65km/h (road)
45km/h (off-road)

Boraq or Boragh (Persian: نفربر براق) is an Iranian-made armoured personnel carrier. Boragh is believed to be a reverse engineered and upgraded model of the Chinese Type 86 (BMP-1). The upgrades include a reduction in weight, a higher road speed, and stronger armor. The vehicle is fully amphibious and is fitted with an NBC protection system and infra-red night vision equipment.

It was reported in early May 2002, that three additional variants are produced by the Vehicle and Equipment Group (VEIG) of the Iranian Defence Industries Organisation (DIO). These are a 120 mm mortar carrier, an ammunition resupply vehicle, and an armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with improved armaments.[3]


Boragh is a tracked APC. Rubber elements on the track are added to prevent damages on paved surfaces.[4] It has a crew of three (driver, commander and gunner). It can transport up to 8 infantry soldiers. Boragh's main armament consists of the DShK 1938/46 12.7 mm heavy machine gun on a rotatable mount. Some vehicles have the machine gun mount protected all around by an armoured shield. The vehicle is equipped with an NBC protection system and is capable of laying down a defensive smoke screen by injecting diesel fuel into the exhaust outlet.[5]

The vehicle is named after the Buraq, a winged steed from Islamic mythology.

Boragh mortar carrier



Different versions of Boragh from the top-left: APC, Anti-air threats, Mortar-carrier and Anti-tank



Map with Boragh operators in blue

Current operators

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Military Industry Corporation (MIC) Official Website Archived April 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "DIOMIL"
  3. John Pike. "Type 86 WZ501 Infantry Fighting Vehicle.". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  4. John Pike. "Boragh". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  5. "". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 ""JED The Military Equipment Directory"". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  7. John Pike. "Iranian Ground Forces Equipment". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  8. John Pike. "Kazak Ground Forces Equipment". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  9. "SIPRI Arms Transfers Database". Retrieved 13 November 2014.


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