Iran Tests Skyguard Missile System to Hit Hostile Drones in Drills

Introduction — Dec 28, 2014

One of Iran's locally developed passive radars. Click to enlarge

One of Iran’s locally developed passive radars. Click to enlarge

Iran has taken another step toward establishing a comprehensive, nationwide air defence system capable of deterring Western air strikes.
Having watched the crucial role Western air power played in the 1990 Gulf War, and then again during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has given Iran additional incentive.
Work on developing Iran’s air defences has been ongoing for more than two decades and now it appears to be paying off. To the point where military strategists might think twice before launching an air campaign against Iran, if they haven’t done so already.
Moreover, the frequent war games and unveiling of new locally developed weaponry are more than mere chauvinism. The intention is clear. They are meant to send a signal to any foreign power contemplating launching air strikes.
Iran is ready to defend itself and it has a comprehensive air defence network sophisticated enough to fend off U.S.-Israeli air strikes.
Evidence that Iran’s effort to deter potential aggressors is bearing fruit can be found in rhetoric coming from Washington recently. Readers will recall that up to a few years ago U.S. politicians often used the phrase “all options are on the table” regarding Iran; in a clear reference to using military force against Tehran.
The more observant will also have noted that we haven’t heard that turn of phrase coming from Washington quite so often recently.
Of course that doesn’t mean that the U.S. won’t embark on a military campaign against the Islamic Republic; it would only take one false flag to change that. However, in the absence of a false flag it does mean that the prospect of a U.S. led air campaign is beginning to diminish.
A decade ago the U.S. and Israel could have pulled off a sustained air campaign against Iran, albeit with substantial losses. Not any more. Now it is completely beyond Israel’s ability, acting unilaterally, and we suspect that Washington has decided against it too.
So the Ayatollah may breathe a little easier for now, at least.
The world can’t though because instead of using Iran to trigger WWIII the elite’s planners appear to have shifted their sights. Rather than a circuitous approach they now seem to have decided on a more direct route to WWIII — war with Russia instead. Ed.

Iran Tests Skyguard Missile System to Hit Hostile Drones in Drills

Fars News — Dec 28, 2014

Iran on Saturday successfully tested its Skyguard Air Defense System to shoot down hypothetical enemy drones during the massive drills underway in the Southern parts of the country.

The Skyguard missile defense system was put on test on the third day of the ongoing Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) military exercises which are underway in the Southern and Southeastern parts of the country with the participation of a large number of units and troops of the Iranian Ground, Naval, Air and Air Defense forces.

The missiles fired from the Skyguard Air Defense system successfully hit several drones of the hypothetical enemy, including the home-made Hazem Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

Skyguard is a laser-based air defense system to protect airports and other areas against a variety of military threats, including short-range ballistic missiles, short- and long-range rockets, artillery shells, mortars, drones and cruise missiles.

Earlier today, Iran tested its home-made mid-range Shalamcheh missiles fired from its new air defense system, Mersad, which is capable of destroying different types of modern fighter jets and drones.

The home-made Shalamcheh missiles hit three drones with very small radar cross section after the stealth aircraft were discovered and detected by the Mersad missile shield’s radars.

“Although Shalamcheh missile is similar to Hag missile in appearance, it has special advantages compared with the Hag,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli told FNA.

“The drone type targeted in this mission had very small cross sections and the operating systems were not aware of its flight either,” he added.

Shalamcheh is a Mach 3 mid-range missile that can also be used as a short-range air defense system.

Shahin missiles

Shahin Missiles: part of the indigenously developed Mersad air-defence system. Click to enlarge

Iran announced in May the successful test-firing of the country’s new air defense system, Mersad, with a capability of destroying different modern fighter jets and drones.

“Mersad is a mid-altitude missile defense system which enjoys more and better capabilities in intercepting targets, electronic warfare and also its radar covers a wider and farther areas compared with its foreign rivals and it has been built completely by Iranian experts,” Esmayeeli told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony to test-fire the missile shield.

Different units of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense started six days of massive joint military drills along the country’s Southern and Southeastern coasts on Thursday.

The military exercises codenamed Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) cover an area of 2.2 million square kilometers from the East of the Strait of Hormuz to the Southern parts of the Gulf of Aden.

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