TEHRAN – The components of the Iranian Bavar 373 (Belief 373) missile system, which will be a replacement for the Russian S-300 missile system, are being tested, the commander of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base announced on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili said that the Defense Ministry personnel’s work to complete the manufacture of the long-range missile system is well underway.
Esmaeili had previously said that the Bavar 373 (Belief 373) missile system is more advanced that the S-300 missile system.
Russia signed a deal to deliver five batteries of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems to Iran in 2007 but cancelled the sale in September 2010, claiming the systems, along with a number of other weapons, were covered by the fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.
The S-300 system, which can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 kilometers (75 miles) away, features high jamming immunity and is able to simultaneously engage up to 100 targets.
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