Press TV — July 19, 2015
A senior Iranian commander says the country is to unveil missile defense systems capable of countering electronic warfare and equipped with mid-range and long-range radars.
Missile systems equipped with the technology to thwart electronic warfare threats and new mid-range and long-range radars will be added to Iran’s integrated air defense network on September 1, said Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, on Saturday.
The senior Iranian commander added that the missile and radar defense systems will keep under surveillance significant areas of land in the south and southeastern part of Iran.
He added that one of the radars will have a range of approximately 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). The radar, Esmaili said, will be installed in one of the strategic areas of Iran.
The senior Iranian commander said in March that the country is capable of reconnoitering any spy aircraft flying far away from its borders, adding that Iran’s Air Defense Force will safeguard the Islamic Republic’s territorial integrity.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and reached self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
In April, Esmaili said the country’s domestically-built Bavar-373 air defense system, which is under development, will be ready for deployment by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 19, 2016).
The long-range system, which is similar to the Russian S-300 and was successfully test-fired last August, has been manufactured by Iranian defense experts and is capable of hitting air targets at a high altitude.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.