The Iranian navy has unveiled a domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art array radar system, which can detect long-distance targets.
The radar system dubbed Asr (Age) was unveiled on Wednesday on the eve of National Navy Day in a ceremony attended by military top brass, including Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and Deputy Army Commander Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi.
“The radar system could be mounted on [naval] vessels, and will boost the combat capability of the Navy,” Mousavi said.
The home-made radar system is able to detect targets with a surface area of around 4 square in distances as far as 110 miles, and can also spot cruise missiles, the commander added.
In recent years, Iran’s Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
In line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.