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Iran to Unveil 2 New Home-Made Radar Systems Tuesday, Stage Massive Air Defense Drills Late Fall

29 August 2015 23:47



Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced the country’s plan to unveil two new home-made radar systems on September 1 and stage air defense wargames late autumn.

“Bina and Nazir radar systems will be unveiled in two mountainous and plain areas on September 1 concurrently with Air Defense Day (in Iran),” Esmayeeli told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Saturday.

He also said that massive air defense drills will be staged late fall.

The commander also said that the long-range ‘Fath 14’ radar system which has been designed with semiconductor technology will also be launched in one of the air defense points.

Elaborating on other achievements, he said Talash missile defense system for tracking and intercepting the mid- and high-altitude targets has been manufactured in cooperation with the defense ministry.

In relevant remarks in August, General Esmayeeli underlined that Iran’s radar, electronic and missile systems were always awake to monitor and show reaction to the slightest hostile moves of the enemies.

“The air defense is always ready for mission and its radar, electronic, missile and monitoring systems are not turned off under any conditions and they are always under operation,” Esmayeeli said, visiting the existing defense systems in the Southwestern parts of Iran.

He said that the air defense system is constantly monitoring and providing coverage for every inch of the country’s airspace.

Esmayeeli also said that radar stations have stretched in 3,600 points across the country, adding that the intensity of this monitoring depends on the type of threats and presence of trans-regional states in the region.

Also in July, Esmayeeli announced that Iran would unveil its new strategic radar system in September which would cover a range of over 1,000 kilometers.

“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 last month.

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.”

Also in July, Brigadier General Esmayeeli announced that the country would 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 was 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 was a priority in the country’s defensive doctrine, he said that increasing the number of air defense systems had always had a message of peace and friendship.

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