More on Iran’s Latest Air Defence Missile

News Brief — Nov 11, 2013

Iran has dramatically enhanced the capabilities of the Sayyad-2 missile. Based on the original Russian SA-2 anti-aircraft missile system that appeared in the late 1950’s, the missile first proved itself when it brought down Gary Powers U2.
That was over fifty years-ago and after upgrading the missile further Russia replaced it with the S-300 system, although the SA-2 still remains in service in many other countries across the world.
Although the Sayyad-2 has its origins in the SA-2 it bears little more than a passing resemblance to its Russian predecessor. After Iran further improved the missile’s accuracy with digital electronics, added anti-jamming features and a more destructive warhead it is a far more potent weapon.
In addition, Iran has now given the Sayyad-2 much greater mobility. In contrast to the original Russian missile, which was fired from fixed launch pads, the Sayyad-2 utilises a launch canister design that allows mobility and much faster deployment and launch times.
In fact, the Iranians have upgraded and enhanced the original Russian design so much that it’s almost like a new weapon, so much so that they’ve now renamed the missile Sayyad-2 (Hunter-2).
Meanwhile the Islamic Republic’s media claims that the original Russian manufacturers of the SA-2 missile were “stunned” by the improvements Iranian scientists and technicians had made.
Tehran has now embarked on mass production of the Sayyad-2 missile and it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Given the ongoing uncertainty over Iran’s nuclear program, and where that could ultimately lead, we could soon be hearing about “all options” with renewed speculation about air strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
If that happens Iran’s air defence chiefs may be glad they have the Sayyad-2 at their disposal.

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