Introduction — August 25, 2016
Although we’ve already reported on the recent unveiling of the Bavar-373, this report from Jane’s Defence Weekly confirms two things.
First that the indigenously developed air defence system is a reality and not an empty propaganda exercise. And secondly, and perhaps more importantly, that Iran has invested considerable effort to develop its own air defence technology.
Having seen the crucial role Western air power played in ousting Saddam Iran obviously wants to avoid meeting the same fate.
This is obviously an ongoing process but Iran’s radars have already proved themselves operationally; by tracking a number of U.S. and Israeli drones, which were all subsequently downed.
The last Israeli drone Iran downed was a telling indication of the growing power and scope of the country’s radar network. As the downed UAV was thought to be a Hermes 900, Israel’s most advanced UAV supposedly endowed with stealth characteristics.
Of course this doesn’t mean that Iran is invulnerable to an all-out U.S. air campaign like the one that opened the 2003 invasion of Iraq. However, it does mean that Israel is unlikely to launch unilateral air strikes as it once did against Iraq’s nuclear reactor. It also means that the U.S. will think twice before embarking on any air campaign, especially with the growing ties between Moscow and Tehran.
Readers will note that we no longer hear veiled threats coming from Washington about “all options” regarding Iran.
Only a few years ago that phrase was being regularly uttered by U.S. politicians in reference to Iran, but not anymore. Since the last thing the U.S. wants now is to embark on a military campaign against Iran.
That’s because, given Iran’s growing military sophistication there is the very real possibility that the U.S. might find itself thwarted in its military objectives. Although it might not end in outright defeat, like Vietnam the U.S. could still end up with a bloody nose from such a confrontation.
The downing of its most advanced aircraft by a supposedly unsophisticated adversary would have an impact on the national psyche; in much the same way that Vietnam had a generation before.
That in turn would end American’s taste for further “military interventions” in parts of the world that most of them probably couldn’t even locate on a map.
More importantly, it would also put an end to any plans Washington may have had to use its military, even just as a threat, to contain growing Russian and Chinese power.
And that would put a final nail in the coffin of the American empire; and those who plan to use it to establish an Anglo-American dominated New World Order. Ed.
Iran unveils Bavar-373 long-range air-defence system
Jeremy Binnie — Jane’s Defence Weekly August 24, 2016
Iran unveiled its locally developed Bavar-373 long-range air-defence system on 21 August, indicating it is continuing the programme even though it is now receiving S-300 systems from Russia.
The head of the Iranian air-defence command first announced the Bavar-373 was being developed in September 2011, a little over a year after Russia cancelled a contract to supply Iran with S-300 long-range air-defence systems. Russia reversed that decision in 2015 and delivered the first S-300 components earlier this year.
The announcement that Iran was working on its own long-range air-defence system prompted speculation that S-300-lookalike components seen in the 18 April 2010 Army Day parade may have been for the Bavar-373.
That theory has now been categorically disproved as the Bavar-373 displayed on 21 August is clearly a unique Iranian system that appears to reflect extensive investment in its ability to develop phased array radars.
The system’s missile launcher, target-acquisition radar, and target-engagement radar were all seen in a series of photographs released by President Hassan Rouhani’s office showing him inspecting military technology developments made by the country.
Although the system’s Sayyad-3 missile appears to have already been seen in the Army Day parade held earlier this year, this is the first time its launcher has been displayed.
It follows the trend set by the Sayyad-2, unveiled in November 2013, of using a canister with a square-cross section in the style of the US Patriot rather than the round ones seen on Russian long-range air-defence systems.
The launcher appeared to be mounted on a 10×10 Zoljanah heavy equipment transporter and had two missile canisters elevated to a nearly vertical position. The canisters appeared to be approximately 6.5 m in length, which would make the Sayyad-3 shorter than the 7.5 m-long 48N6 missile used with the S-300PMU2.