Iran’s Navy Unveils New Radar System

News Brief — Nov 28, 2013

With the unveiling of a new phased array radar system Wednesday, Iran’s defensive capabilities took another step forward.
The Air Surveillance Radar or ASR is a 3-D solid state phased array radar, capable of detecting boats, low flying aircraft and missiles between 5 and 110 nautical miles away.
In addition to being entirely indigenously developed, Iran’s latest naval radar is also a “passive radar“. This makes it invulnerable to anti-radar missiles that would otherwise use its radar signal to home in on the ASR.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (right) with the ASR in the background. Click to enlarge

The ASR was unveiled on Nov 27, the day before Iran’s naval day on Nov 28 when new naval achievements are often announced. This year in addition to unveiling the ASR radar Iran’s Naval Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that a further three vessels would join the fleet in the coming days.

These would include two missile firing warships and a logistics support vessel. It is thought that at least one of the warships is an older vessel from Iran’s fleet that has been refitted and updated with new weapons and technology, as happened earlier this year with the Bayandor destroyer.
As Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari explained during the unveiling of the ASR, Western imposed sanctions on Iran haven’t stopped it developing its own independent weapons technology. If anything they’ve spurred the Islamic Republic to further build up its indigenous defence capabilities; so that now the U.S. and its allies are hesitant to directly confront Iran as they once did Iraq and Afghanistan.