Iran Unveils New Long Range Radar System

News Brief – June 29, 2011

Iran has fielded a new radar system, a military commander said Wednesday, revealing the indigenously developed system on the third day of a 10-day military exercise.

Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, said the new radar system, called Ghadir, was tested successfully under operational conditions.

“The Ghadir radar has been designed and built to detect airborne targets, radar-evading planes, cruise and ballistic missiles and low-orbit satellites,” Amir Ali Hajizadeh told the student news agency ISNA.

“The radar has a range of 1,100 km (680 miles) and a height of 300 km (190 miles)”, he said.

Amir Ali Hajizadeh added that the “radars would remarkably increase the IRGC’s capability in identifying sea-based targets.

Earlier in the “Great Prophet 6″ exercise, Iran had test-fired surface-to-surface missiles with a maximum range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles). Such an operational range means Iran could hit Israel or U.S. bases in the region if it were attacked.

The United States and Israel have not ruled out the possibility of military strikes on Iran if diplomatic means fail to stop it developing nuclear weapons. Although Tehran insists that its uranium enrichment programme is for producing electricity, not nuclear weapons.

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