Iranian Iran army test-fired new home made air defense missile system Mersad Shahine 1306113
Defense News - Iran
Monday, June 13, 2011, 12:52 AM
Iranian army air defense unit test-fired new home made air defense missile system Mersad - Shahine.
Top Iranian air defense commanders announced Monday, June 13, 2011, that Iran (Iranian army air defense unit) has "successfully " test-fired a new home-made air defense system, called Mersad. The Mersad system uses domestically manufactured Shahin missiles based on Hawk missile. The Shahin are even more advanced than the 1970s-era United States-manufactured Hawk missiles.
Mersad is an Iranian advanced low to mid range Air defense system developed in 2010
Commander of Khatam-ol-Anbia Air Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said that Mersad air defense system and Shahin missiles - fired by Mersad systems - have been successfully test-fired and supplied to the country's air defense unit.
The ground-to-air Shahin missile is able to hit enemy jet fighters and helicopters at supersonic speed. The Mersad system is equipped with sophisticated radar signal processing technology, an advanced launcher, and electronic targeting and guidance systems.
Esmayeeli also said that Iran's radar network has been optimized and is currently in a "very suitable" condition.
The two Shahin missiles were launched from the home-made Mersad air defense system.
The Shahine missile is based on the American made Hawk missile, but has a longer range and more destructive power, and can fly at higher altitude and hit modern aircrafts flying at low and medium altitudes.
The Mersad air defense shield is a completely indigenized system developed by the Iranian experts and technicians to promote the country's combat power. The system was deployed in all Army air-defense units on Sunday to boost the country's air-defense power.
The Mersad system equipped with Shahin missiles is capable of tracing and targeting any enemy aircrafts at 70 to 150km altitude and is considered as a mid-altitude system among the country's missile defense shields.