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Defense News - Iran
 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 17:31 PM

 
Iranian army is prepared to carry out a new comprehensive air defense plan to protect Iran.
 
 
TEHRAN (FNA) - Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi announced on Wednesday that Iran is prepared to carry out a comprehensive air defense plan to protect the country's entire airspace.
     
Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi announced on Wednesday that Iran is prepared to carry out a comprehensive air defense plan to protect the country's entire airspace.
Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi
     

"The plan has been drawn by the personnel of the Air Defense Base and completed in the General Staff of the Armed Forces and will be put into action in a five-year-long period once it is approved by the General Commander of the Armed Forces (Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei)," Salehi said.

He also reiterated that the Army will make its utmost efforts to produce the tools, weapons and equipment needed for defending the country's airspace during the aforementioned period.

In February 2009, Iran formed an Air Defense Force as a part of its Air Force restructuring to boost the country's defense capabilities.

In April 2010, Iranian Defense Minister announced that Iran had built the first home-made mid-range missile defense system named 'Mersad'. The Mersad system uses domestically manufactured Shahin missiles, which are even more advanced than the 1970s-era U.S.-manufactured Hawk missiles.The Hawk missile has a range of 15 miles with a 119-pound warhead. The Mersad system is also equipped with sophisticated radar signal processing technology, an advanced launcher, and electronic equipment for guidance and target acquisition.

In May 2010, Iran inaugurated the production line of a powerful missile defense shield which can destroy incoming cruise missiles, the Mesbah 1. This air defense system is designed and built to counter air attacks, different kinds of airplanes, cruise missiles, choppers and other air threats in low altitudes.

Meantime, Air Defense Commander of Iran's Southern Zone General Qanbar Ali Salahian told FNA in June that Iran's home-made air defense system is so sophisticated and advanced that it can show swift and precise reaction to any possible threat and aggression by enemies.

Referring to the capabilities of the air defense system in his zone, he said that at present a new Iranian radar system has replaced its western rivals in the Southern zone which can cover the entire Persian Gulf region.

 
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