Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli voiced admired the defensive capabilities of the strategic radar site of Northeastern Iran.
General Esmayeeli assessed as very good the defensive capabilities of Shahid Khosravi radar station in Shahrabad in Khorasan Razavi province after visiting the site.
The commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base admired the personnel of Shahid Khosravi radar station for their high morale.
General Esmayeeli had announced in early September that Iran is mulling plans to develop its air defense systems based on the possible threats which might be posed to the country in the next five years.
“Today, the air defense is moving forward concurrently with new threats and what is going on around us shows that we should make the air defense ready to confront the threats not only of the present time but of the next five years,” Esmayeeli said in a ceremony in Tehran at the time.
He downplayed the effects of the western sanctions on the progress of Iran’s defense industry, and announced that Iran’s air defense is implementing 15 operational projects now.
Also at the same time, Assadifar underlined the country’s high level of military deterrence, and said Iran’s air defense is making rapid progress in accordance with the advancements made in enemy’s hi-tech fighter jets.
“The more advanced enemy fighters grow, the more sophisticated and advanced the Iranian air defense will be,” he said.
In relevant remarks in mid-May, Esmayeeli said his forces are fully prepared to defend the country against threats in the region.
Speaking during a visit to the country’s Southwestern Air Defense Zone at the time, he pointed to Iran’s eye-catching growth in air defense systems in recent years, and stated that Iran’s air defense capability is so advanced that it is not comparable to what it could do during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.
“At present, the air defense unit’s capability, capacity and expertise can defuse any threat existing in the region,” Esmayeeli stressed, adding that the air defense forces enjoy a “desirable” level of preparedness.
The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor.
In September, the Iranian Armed Forces displayed the country’s latest home-made military tools, weapons and equipments in large military parades in Tehran and across the country.
In December, Iran’s Air Defense System had been on full alert during the Iranian Air Force wargames over the Persian Gulf in a bid to shoo away any possible enemy threat or approaching vessels and aircraft of the trans-regional forces in the region.
The Iranian Air Force held two-day massive air drills codenamed Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat IV over the county’s Southern waters.
“During the Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat IV wargames, the movements of regional and trans-regional forces are fully monitored,” Commander of the Air Defense Unit in Southeastern Iran Colonel Mohammad Reza Farzan told FNA.
Colonel Farzan said his unit is tasked with controlling, directing and supplementing the offensive missions of the Air Force during the aerial drills underway in Southern Iran.
Earlier this month, Iran inaugurated several important air defense systems in a ceremony attended by General Esmayeeli.
Commander of Iran’s Air Defense Zone in the East Malek Ali Asadifar said the projects enhanced the operational level of the country’s air defense systems in the Eastern zone.