Iran Reduces Reaction Time of S-200 Air Defense System

News Brief — July 3, 2013

The commander of Iran’s Air Defence Forces Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said on Tuesday that the country’s S-200 long-range air defence missile system had been upgraded to reduce the time from detection of a target to firing.
“The detection-firing-tracing time in S-200 system has been reduced to the least possible,” Esmayeeli told FNA, adding that the system works online and in real-time.
“In the missile part of the system, we should say that S-200 is no more used just against strategic and collective targets, rather it can now be used for pinpoint targeting and can be guided to a very specific point,” he added.
Iran’s S-200 system is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile (SAM) system designed to defend large areas from bombers or cruise missiles.
Known by its NATO designate as the SA-5 Gammon, Iran has an estimated 200 in service.
Over the past few years Iran has steadily upgraded its air defence systems in anticipation of Western air strikes on its nuclear program.
The announcement marks the latest in a series of improvements Iran has made to its S-200 systems, which have reportedly impressed its original Russian manufacturers.
In addition General Farzad Esmayeeli announced that Iran had also improved its radar systems, enhancing its surveillance of all air traffic in the region.
Iran now relies solely on its own locally developed and manufactured radar systems to keep watch on its airspace. In addition to monitoring local airspace, Iran has developed radar systems with an effective range of up to 3,000 kilometres, giving it the ability to spot incoming threats long before they near the country’s borders.
General Esmayeeli said Iran had issued a number of warnings to Western reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying too close to Iranian airspace.
He added that the stealth technology used by these reconnaissance planes was the same as that used by the F22 fighters, some of which have been deployed to airbases at the nearby United Arab Emirates.
Apart from being its most expensive fighter, the F22 is also considered the most advanced US aircraft in service.

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