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Top Commander: Iran to Unveil 1,000-KM Range Radar System in September

19 July 2015 0:03



Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced that Iran’s new strategic radar system will cover a range of over 1,000 kilometers and will be unveiled in September.

“This is a strategic radar system with a range of about 1,000 kilometers and it will be unveiled on September 1,” Brigadier General Esmayeeli told reporters on Saturday.

He noted that Khatam ol-Anbia’s new radar system will be deployed in a strategic region of the country.

Brigadier General Esmayeeli reiterated that Iran has the safest airspace in the Middle East, and said, “Today the number of passing flights has increased to 1,300 in every 24 hours as compared with 900 flights three months ago.”

In relevant remarks on Thursday, Brigadier General Esmayeeli announced that the country will unveil new missile defense systems early in September.

“Missile systems with the capability to stand against electronic warfare and mid-range and long-range radars will join the integrated air defense system on September 1,” Esmayeeli said in the Northeastern city of Semnan.

“The radar and missile defense systems will cover an important part of the country in the South and Southeast,” he added.

Esmayeeli underlined that defensive depth is one of the main important feature of these systems, specially the long-range radar defense systems.

Esmayeeli announced in June that the country is able to meet all its needs in manufacturing air defense systems.

“We have been able to build all our needed (air defense) systems domestically,” the senior commander told reporters in the Central province of Isfahan.

Noting that defending the Iranian airspace is a priority in the country’s defensive doctrine, he said that increasing the number of air defense systems has always had a message of peace and friendship.

In February, Brigadier General Esmayeeli said Iran’s new home-made radar system, named ‘Sepehr (Sky)’, enables the country to monitor every enemy move right from the start.

“We don’t have any bottleneck left with regard to the Sepehr Radar system and over 40% of its deployment plan has ended and we don’t have any problem” with its development and deployment, Esmayeeli told FNA.

He said once fully deployed, the radar system will cover such a wide range that Iranian forces will be able to monitor the start of a flight or firing of a missile as soon as it starts from enemy basis thousands of kilometers away.

“The radar will be included in the integrated air defense network in future after it is fully deployed, and then we will be able to even feel the enemies’ breathing in their bases with the help of the 2,500 to 3,000km range (of the radar),” he added.

Esmayeeli underlined that the country’s airspace will be fully protected against threats after the deployment of Sepehr radar system.

Iran in November unveiled and successfully tested Sepehr radar system with the capability of detecting satellite and space objects’ trajectories.

“The Sepehr radar system covers a range of over 2,500 kilometers and can detect stealth targets and micro UAVs at low, medium and high altitudes while it can also very easily identify and detect ballistic, semi-ballistic and cruise missiles,” Lieutenant Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram said addressing the unveiling ceremony.

The commander underlined that Sepehr could successfully pass all tests.

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