Special forces of Iran

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This is a list of special forces units in Iranian Armed Forces and police.

The name can refer to members of regular units who have successfully completed Commando or Ranger training courses and marines trained as S.B.S.;[1] or the hand-selected and highly trained members serving in special forces.


Niruye vizheh (نیروی ویژه), plural niruhaye vizheh (نیروهای ویژه) is the Persian term for "special force". This term is used in the official name for the 65th Airborne Special Forces Brigade.

The Qualification tab for Iranian Rangers

Takavar (تکاور), plural Takavaran (تکاوران), literally meaning "attack-trooper", is the equivalent of "commando". The word "Commando" (کماندو) is also used in Persian. The term "Ranger" (رنجر) is also used in some Army units.

Tofangdārān-e daryyi (تفنگداران دریائی) or takavaran-e daryayi (تکاوران دریایی) means "marines".

The word havabord (هوابرد) is used to refer to an airborne unit.

Takavar units[edit]

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps[edit]

Takavar unit S.N.S.F. in Great Prophet IX maneuver, 25–27 February 2015

In the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, one of its 5 branches, the elite Quds Force specialises in extraterritorial operations.[2] In the Ground Forces, the Saberin Battalion is the most famous special unit.[3][4] The Navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has its own Special Units of marines.[5]


Ground Forces
The Hostage Rescue Unit of NOHED practicing

Ground Forces of Islamic Republic of Iran Army units whose members are trained at Lashkarak Takavar Training Centre:

Navy marine snipers wearing ghillie suit, equipped with Sayyad (Steyr HS .50)

Islamic Republic of Iran Navy marines (Persian: تکاوران دریایی‎) whose members are trained at Manjil Takavar Training Centre:

During the reign of the last Shah (king) of Iran, much of the naval training was created by members of the Soviet Union's Spetsnaz and the British Special Boat Service.[6] Training is at least a 12-month process. After the recruit demonstrated the minimum physical requirements, he is sent to a collection of schools.[7]


In the Law Enforcement Force of Islamic Republic of Iran, special forces are known as Yegan Vijeh (Persian: يگان ويژه‎). The Anti-Terror Special Force (NOPO) is the most elite unit within the force.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "آشنايي مركز تفنگداران دريايي منجيل". Islamic Republic of Iran Army. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Qods (Jerusalem) Force". Federation of American Scientists Intelligence Resource Program. August 21, 1998. Archived from the original on 18 February 1999.
  3. ^ "يگان ويژه "صابرين" چيست و چگونه مي توان عضو آن شد؟". Mashregh News. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  4. ^ "همکاري نوهد ارتش و صابرين سپاه". Mashregh News. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ "همايش تفنگداران و تکاوران دريايي سپاه آغاز شد". Fars News Agency. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Takavaran, Naval Commandos". Special Operations. Com. Archived from the original on 29 November 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  7. ^ "گزارشي از مرکز آموزش تکاوران کلاه سبز/نيروي دريايي ارتش چگونه کلاه سبز تربيت مي کند+عکس". Mashregh News. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  8. ^ Hossein Bastani (24 June 2014), Myth and Reality About NOPO Operations in Iran (in Persian), BBC, retrieved 28 September 2015

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