Iran tests Joshan and Khatam new indigenous air defense systems
According to Orkhan Jalilov in Caspian News, the Iranian Army’s air defense force has tested its new missile system during the “Guardians of Velayat Sky-1400” annual joint air defense exercises held in central Iran.
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Joshan and Khatam indigenous air defense systems of the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Forces destroyed hostile targets that intended to infiltrate the exercise area at low altitude (Picture source: Tasnim)
“Following the main phase of the exercise, the Joshan and Khatam indigenous air defense systems of Army’s Air Defense Forces destroyed hostile targets that intended to infiltrate the exercise area at low altitude,” the commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Joint Air Defence Base, Brigadier General Qader Rahimzadeh told reporters on October 13. Joshan is an “improved version” of the Khordad 15 missile system equipped with a passive radar system. At the same time, Rahimzadeh did not reveal any information about the Khatam missile system.
The homegrown long-range pulse-array radar Quds developed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force came into operation during the drills on October 13. The radar system can detect targets at a range of above 500 kilometers and altitudes of over 90,000 feet.
The recent war game followed a large-scale military exercise launched by Iran in late September. It involved armored units, artillery, drones, electronic warfare units, and helicopters near Iran’s border with Azerbaijan. Iran’s military drills in border areas with Azerbaijan increased tensions between the two neighboring Caspian littoral states.