Defence & Security News - Iran
|Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:42 PM|
|Iran test-fires Bavar-373 home-made missile defense system|
Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said on Saturday, August 30, that Bavar-373 fired its first successful shot. He added that the system, developed as an alternative with superior capabilities to the Russian S-300 after Moscow canceled its contract with Tehran, works better than certain similar long-range missile systems manufactured by other countries.
First photo of Iran’s Bavar-373 missile defense system
Fars News Agency published on Friday the first images of Bavar-373 system, saying that it is meant to carry the message of self-sufficiency of Iranian armed forces to the world.
In February, Brigadier General Esmaili said the missile is expected to be ready by March 2015. Tehran has showcased an indigenous long-range air defense system, the Bavar-373 missile, developed as an alternative to the Russian S-300 after Moscow canceled its contract.
According to Iranian security officials, the new system is better than the Russian S-300, as it is able to track over 100 targets, just like the Russian system but with a higher targeting capability.
"We believe that 'Bavar' and '3rd of Khordad' missile shields are better than some other long-range missile defense systems of the country," ol-Anbia added, Fars news reports.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered the development of the missile system, after then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev banned armed sales to the country in light of UN sanctions against Tehran.