Introduction — July 22, 2017
The indigenously developed Sayyad-3 missile is the latest addition to Iran’s growing arsenal of air defence weapons. In addition to the Russian S-300, which became fully operational recently, it joins an array of locally developed radars and missiles like the Mersad, the Raad and the Talaash air defence systems.
The Iranians saw the vital role played by Western air power in ousting Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Gaddafi. As a result Tehran has made the development of indigenous air defence weapons systems an absolute priority.
According to Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, the Sayyad-3 is an advanced air defence system equipped with state-of-the-art features against electronic warfare tactics.
Readers will note that we longer hear the term “all options” in regard to Iran. The inference being that “all options” would include an all-out military assault, spearheaded by an air campaign to neutralise key Iranian defence assets, as happened with Iraq.
We don’t hear the phrase “all options” so frequently because Iran has spent the last decade developing weapons that would deter, and maybe even thwart, an all out Western air assault.
With the mass-production of the Sayyad-3 underway, a full on conventional military campaign against Iran looks increasingly unlikely. Of course that is not to say that it won’t happen, particularly with Trump in the White House, but if it does happen it could be very, very costly in terms of U.S. manpower and prestige. Ed.
Report: Iran inaugurates production line for missile
Associated Press — July 22, 2017
Iranian state TV is reporting the inauguration of a production line for a new version of an air defense missile.
The Saturday report said the missile dubbed Sayyad-3 is an upgrade to previous versions of the missile. Sayyad means “hunter” in Farsi.
The country’s air defense chief, Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaili, said during a ceremony that the missile is “a completely indigenous technology.”
Iran occasionally announces production of sophisticated homegrown weapons that cannot be independently verified.
Iran announced in December it test-fired Sayyad-3. Its range is 120 kilometers (some 75 miles) and is capable of hitting targets at altitudes of up to 27 kilometers (17 miles).
In 1992 Iran began a military self-sufficiency program under which it produces mortars to missiles and tanks to submarines.