Iran to Unveil New Air Defence System on September 22

News Brief — August 29, 2014

The ZOLJANAH tactical truck, which will likely carry the Bavar 373, Iran's s-300. Click to enlarge

The ZOLJANAH tactical truck, which will likely carry the Bavar 373, Iran’s version of the S-300. Click to enlarge

Iran says that it plans to unveil a new air-defence system during nationwide military parades on September 22.
Named the Talash (Struggle) 3 the system has already been successfully test fired and will start mass production shortly. However, at this stage it is uncertain whether the Talash 3 will be a component of the long-awaited Bavar 373 or a stand alone system because Iran has also announced the planned unveiling of Bavar 373 in the coming weeks.
If it’s all it’s claimed to be, Iran’s long-awaited answer to the S-300 could be a “game-changer”. Developed as a replacement to Russia’s S-300 after the agreed sale fell through, the Bavar 373 could mark a new level of accomplishment in Iran’s development as a military power.
According to the commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, the Bavar 373 is better than Russia’s S-300. Although he didn’t specify which type of S-300, because there are a number of variants, he may have a point.
Russia’s S-300, although still a formidable air defence system in itself, has already been superseded by the more advanced S-400. However, in addition to claiming that the Bavar 373 is more powerful than the older Russian weapon, Iranian military personnel also say that it is more mobile and precise.
While with a range of more than 200 kilometres, the Talash III has been designed to confront high speed aerial targets including fighter jets and bombers, helicopters and drones. It is also thought to be capable of intercepting cruise missiles.
Whether component parts of the same air-defence system or two distinct stand alone weapons, the Talash III and the Bavar 373 represent the latest additions to Iran’s growing high-tech air defence arsenal. They join locally developed long-range radar systems, passive phased array radars and the Sayyad 3, which looks similar to the U.S. Patriot and reportedly impressed a visiting Russian military delegation.
Claimed mobile long range radar component of the Bavar 373. Click to enlarge

Claimed mobile long range radar component of the Bavar 373. Click to enlarge

All these developments may explain why the U.S. and Israel have adopted an increasingly surreptitious approach in trying to undermine Iran. In plain language Iran is proving a difficult nut to crack: it is not another Iraq and direct military confrontation looks like an increasingly unappealing option.
As a result Iran has endured cyber attacks, sabotage and assassinations of its top scientists; in addition to attempts to bring about regime change in Damascus, Tehran’s closest regional ally.
Needless to say, President Assad remains in power and the only thing the U.S. has succeeded in doing is sowing more terror across the region with the Islamic State (otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL), which U.S. military personnel trained as reported here and here.
What’s more U.S. gulf allies, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait have also sponsored Islamic State to the point where they were even paying fighters regular monthly salaries.
While the corporate media has been largely silent about the West’s links to Islamic State this has been to no avail to the Western backed terrorists, Iran and its regional allies remain.
Of course the U.S. and Israel combined could still launch an all out air campaign on Iran but time is running out. The window of opportunity is closing as the commencement dates for the Bavar 373’s mass production and deployment approach.
Even now it’s beyond Israel’s ability to launch effective air strikes on Iran, unilaterally. That would only invite massive Iranian missile counter strikes and, despite the much vaunted Iron Dome, it’s unlikely that it could shield the Zionist state from the waves of surface-to-surface missiles that would follow Israeli air strikes.
So the prospect of a U.S. or an Israeli-U.S. air campaign against Iran is diminishing rapidly.
Indeed, I would go so far as to say that within 6 to 8 months the U.S. will no longer be able to take out Iran. It will soon be strong enough and its air defences sufficiently developed to repel even an all-out U.S. air offensive.
Which is where Talash III, the Sayyad 3 and the Bavar 373 come in. Saddam Hussein had nothing like these weapons when he invaded Kuwait and he paid the price. Since then Iran has watched how the U.S. has waged wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and developed its air defence arsenal in response.
The only question now is whether the U.S. goes down with a bang or a whimper? Does it launch military strikes on Iran and, assuming there are enough Bavar 373 produced and deployed, does it suffer a humiliating defeat? Or does it just lapse into imperial decline?

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