Introduction — Nov 25, 2015
Coupled with the soon to-be-delivered S-300, the opening of a new air defence command-and-control centre marks another step in Iran’s development of an integrated national air defence system.
Right now Iran’s air defences have developed to the point where air strikes by Israel alone are pretty much out of the question. Only the U.S. has that capacity, although whether it has the will is another question. However given Iran’s steadily developing air defences, we are pretty sure that the U.S. military will think long and hard before embarking on that course of action.
In other words Iran is becoming a tough nut to crack, even for the U.S. In terms of military ability and technology, Iraq of the Gulf War pales in comparison with modern Iran.
Although the following report doesn’t precisely locate the centre beyond saying “south-western Iran”, we suspect that it will have the ability to monitor the airspace in and around the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Given that 20% of the world’s petroleum, and about 35% of the petroleum passes through the Straits, and that on the opposite side of the waterway are British and American naval facilities, it’s an area of obvious interest to Tehran.
All of which doesn’t mean that military conflict is about to erupt with Iran any time soon. The West is more focused on Russia right now. What that means however is that IF conflict does ensue Moscow will have a capable ally on its southern flank. An ally moreover that can not only guard Russia’s southern flank but one with the ability to monitor and close one of the world’s most important energy corridors. Ed.
Air Defense Force Inaugurates New Centcom in Southwestern Iran
Fars News — Nov 25, 2015
The Iranian Air Defense Force inaugurated a new command and control center in the Southwestern parts of the country in a ceremony participated by Lieutenant Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard.
“The command and control system of the Southwestern zone acts as a part of the Air Defense Base’s integrated command and control network and is capable of precisely monitoring and defending the Islamic Republic of Iran’s airspace in all dimensions,” Sabahifard told reporters on Wednesday.
“The system is a tactical combat system that operates through using tracing and collecting the active and passive data of hostile equipment and through cyber operations and electronic warfare,” he added.
Iran enjoys a highly powerful and capable integrated air defense system equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment.
In September, Iran unveiled two new home-made radar systems named Nazir and Bina with the capability of detecting radar-evading targets and fighting against electronic warfare on the occasion of Air Defense Day.
Nazir is a long-range and high-precision radar system which is highly capable of detecting targets in low radar cross section and is resistant to radar evading and anti-radar missiles.
The radar can detect all radar-evading targets and is capable of fighting electronic warfare.