Press TV – December 12, 2010
A senior Iranian military commander says with the imminent production of a 3,000-kilometer-range radar system, the country can detect all flying objects in the region.
Deputy Head of Khatamolanbia Air Defense Base told Fars news agency on Saturday that the production project of Iran’s new generation of air defense radar system with a range of 3,000 kilometers in radius is in its final stages.
“Any flying object that takes off in the region, for example from Qatar or Afghanistan, can be detected and confronted, if it has a hostile intent against Iran,” Brigadier General Amir Hamid Arjangi said.
General Arjangi also noted that infrastructural measures and studies for determining the best location for the long-range radar system have been completed, adding that the system will become operational in the near future.
Based on operation plans, an adequate number of such radar systems will be installed throughout the country and there would be no problem regarding the number of stationed systems, the commander further explained.
“In addition to having a range of 3,000 kilometers, the altitude of the radar system is adjustable depending on aerial defense needs. The most important point about this system is detecting flying objects in remote areas,” Arjangi added.
Iran has announced that it is now self-sufficient in producing radar systems in different frequencies and for various ranges.
It was reported earlier that Iranian experts were developing domestic radar systems to replace a series of aging Russian-made systems currently deployed in the Persian Gulf.
During the ceremonies marking the anniversary of Iran’s Navy Day on November 28, the radar project Asr was unveiled at a ceremony attended by Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and a group of other commanders.
Asr is entirely Iranian and has a flat radar antenna. This is the first time that flat antennas are used in Iran. It can provide the country’s naval fleet with early aerial warnings.
Earlier in November, Iran performed its biggest ever nationwide maneuver in which the military tested its radar capabilities in defending the country’s territory.
The anti-air defense units from Iran’s Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps took part in the five-day air defense drills, and tested various kinds of fixed and mobile radars that have been domestically manufactured or refurbished.
All types of the country’s radar systems were utilized and examined during the third day of the maneuver.