|Iran building missile system more advanced than S-300||
The missile system, named the Bavar 373 (Belief 373), will be a replacement for the S-300 missile system, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili said during a press conference on Monday.
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.
Esmaeili also said that the project to build the Bavar 373 missile system is approximately 30 percent complete.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian commander said that the purpose of the air defense exercises, which are scheduled to be held in October, is to assess the preparedness of the country’s armed forces and the efficiency of military equipment.
He also said that air defense units of the Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps will participate in the maneuvers.
On the process of protecting the country’s sensitive facilities, Esmaeili said that the country’s network of air defense puts up multiple layers of defense to protect each facility.
“In the first layer, air defense aircraft are used. In the second layer, missile systems are used. And artillery systems are used as the third layer,” he said.
In addition, the commander said that air defense units, which are equipped with radar and missile systems and aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, have been stationed in 3,600 points across the country.
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|Last Updated on 03 September 2012 17:35|