A new mobile surface-to-air missile system of Iranian production has been presented to a wide audience.
Iran has presented a new mobile air-defense missile system of its own production to a wide audience, the Mehr news agency reported.
Reportedly, the new complex, called Bavar-373, is capable to track ballistic missiles and other air targets at medium and long distances. It is equipped with a phased antenna lattice, which has similar parameters with the 96L6 Russian detecting device of air targets.
Tehran has announced the development of its own air defense system in February 2010. Iranian developers said that their air-defense missile system will be comparable to parameters of the Russian S-300.
Presentation of the Iranian air defense system took place at an exhibition in a building of the Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO) of the Iranian Defense Ministry in the presence of the country’s President Hassan Rouhani and Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan.
However, in April last year, the Russian president signed a decree to lift the ban. A new contract was signed, and Iran received its first delivery of Russian-made S-300 air defense systems in May.
As the Stratfor intelligence firm reported recently, Iran is getting ready to put its S-300 air defense systems to use. The firm published satellite imagery provided by AllSource Analysis that shows “intensive construction underway at an air defense base near Tehran to accommodate the systems.” According to Stratfor, the base’s location indicates that it may not be a permanent S-300 station, but a training facility.
At the same time, according to the TASS news agency, Iran does not intend to purchase the S-400 or the Antey-2500 air defense missile systems. This was announced by the Iranian Defense Minister at a press conference in Tehran. Perhaps, this is connected with a fact that the Iranian Armed Forces are going to bet on its own developments in the field of missile technology.