Introduction — Feb 17, 2014
After a string of similar announcements recently Iran has unveiled another addition to its air defence capability.
At the same time as revealing plans to launch its own long-range air defence system, the Bavar-373, Iran also revealed that it has upgraded its Hawk anti-aircraft missile systems.
A locally manufactured version of the 1960’s U.S. Hawk system, Iranian scientists have improved the anti-aircraft system’s capabilities in a series of successive upgrades.
The commander of Iran’s air defence forces announced on Sunday that the country’s scientists had almost doubled the Hawk’s tracking and targeting capability. In addition to enhancing the system’s ability to resist electronic interference.
These developments represent another step in the steady enhancement and strengthening of Iran’s air defences. This includes the development and deployment of new radar systems, the introduction of dramatically upgraded missile systems such as the Sayyad-2 and the further improvement of existing air defence systems like the Hawk.
All this is being done with an eye to the possibility of Western air strikes.
At this stage it’s still uncertain if Iran could repel a concerted air campaign like the one that opened up the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Although Iranian forces are now much better equipped than Saddam’s forces were and would undoubtedly perform much better. It’s also debatable whether the U.S. and its allies would have sufficient determination to see such a campaign through to its desired conclusion; let alone whether Western politicians could whip up sufficient public support for it in the first place.
One thing is certain though. If the Bavar-373 is all it’s claimed to be, and if they could be deployed in sufficient numbers, then it’s quite possible that Iran could fend-off the sort of air offensive that opened the way for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Assuming of course that the U.S. and its allies don’t embark on a punishing all-out air offensive against Iran before that happens.
That might seem unlikely right now but nothing is written in stone and it would only take another false flag to change that.
Exclusive: Iran Optimizes Hawk Missile Defense Shield
Fars News Agency — Feb 17, 2014
Iran has doubled the range of the area covered by the radar systems of its mid-range Hawk air defense missile shield and improved its tracking and targeting capability by 40%, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced on Sunday.
“Today, we are witnessing that the detection power of this (Hawk) system has doubled which provides it with extensive possibilities, meaning that it can detect and trace targets two times farther than the past and this provides us with an increased time span for decision-making and reaction, and this is an advantage,” Esmayeeli told FNA.
He said that the trace and tracking radar system of the Hawk missile shield has also been developed, and this has improved the tracking and targeting capability of the system by up to 40%.
Esmayeeli underlined that the radar system of the missile defense shield is now capable of tracing low-altitude targets with the same doubled range, adding that the air defense unit in joint cooperation with Iranian universities have also removed the weak points of the Hawk missile system in electronic warfare.
Late 2012, Iranian air defense units exercised targeting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with anti-aircraft Hawk missiles during the massive military drills in the Eastern parts of the country.
On the second day of the exercises, the air defense units fired a Hawk missile at a drone and destroyed it.
The missile was fired by a mobile air defense system on a missile-launching vehicle.
Also at the time, Esmayeeli announced that Iran has optimized the mid-range Hawk air defense missiles.
“The Hawk missiles which are good for medium altitudes have been optimized and indigenized in the country,” Esmayeeli told reporters on the sidelines of “Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 4)” air defense drills in November 2102.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.
The country has repeatedly made it clear that its military might is merely based on the state’s defense doctrine of deterrence and that it poses no threat to other countries.