Introduction — August 30, 2016
Combined the Russian S-300 and Iran’s own Bavar 373 will alter the military equation regarding Iran. Together the two air defence systems, plus a number of other indigenously developed radar and weapons systems, will pretty much rule out a U.S. led air campaign.
It has been nearly six years since Iran embarked on developing the Bavar 373, on the orders of the Ayatollah Khamenei after Putin cancelled the original S-300 agreement in 2010 following pressure from Israel and the U.S., and Iran has been steadily developing its air defence technology since.
Now those efforts are starting to bear fruit as Iran inaugurates new radar systems, deploys the S-300 after Putin authorised the restored agreement, and the Bavar 373 enters its final testing phase.
The Bavar 373 will probably enter service early next year and combined with all the other developments it will put Iran in a much better position to repel a U.S. air campaign.
Bavar-373 air defense soon to come on stream
Mehr News Agency — August 29, 2016
Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base commander said Mon. that Bavar-373 long-range air-defense system as a powerful and fully homegrown complement to S-300 missiles will soon become operational.
Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaeili went on to add that Talash-2 and Talash-3 radar systems designed to detect drones and cruise missiles will soon make their way into the country’s defense system, and as such, there will be no need for Russian-made S-400 missile systems.
The Iranian commander maintained that the location for the S-300 deployment has not been decided yet, adding “the S-300 together with Bavar-373 are exactly what we need. They will be soon deployed at their special locations and once operational, will be very fatal for the enemies.”
Esmaili’s remark about the location of the S-300 air defense system comes as the IRIB in a footage released Sunday showed that the system has been deployed at the country’s nuclear sites, including Fordow.
The commander went on to add, “the arrival of the S-300 to Iran was even more significant than the system itself, because it showed that Iran was able to obtain its rights despite all enmities, threats and sanctions.”
“Our scientists are now moving along the cutting-edge of world’s technology,” Esmaili said. “Even without the S-300, we have been very successful in keeping our airspace secure by using our own homegrown defense systems such as Mersad, Shalamcheh, Payambar-e Azam and other such systems.”
Esmaili further announced that ‘Nazir’ radar system, capable of detecting radar-evading targets and fighting against electronic warfare, has been put into operation.
Noting that the radar system would prevent any radar-evading flying object from entering Iran’s skies without permission, the commander added that Nazir is suited to detect small flying objects, as well as U2, RQ4 and MQ1 aircraft; “Nazir can easily detect and trace ballistic and cruise missiles and most importantly, the radar-evading aircraft,” he added.