TEHRAN (ISNA)- Commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said the country has successfully made S-200 missile system mobile, adding the system is scheduled to be unveiled in the country’s upcoming military drill, Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 5, (Defenders of the Velayat Skies 5).
“Very good measures have been conducted in this regard and we plan to make all artillery and missile systems mobile besides all S-200 missiles, he said, referring to efforts made for mobility of the missile system.
According to Esmayeeli, Iran plans to boost its air defense agility and speed through making the systems mobile.
Iran’s S-200 system is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile (SAM) system designed to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircrafts. Each battalion has 6 single-rail missile launchers and fire control radar. It can be linked to other, longer-range radar systems.
Each missile is launched by 4 solid-fueled strap-on rocket boosters. Maximum range is between 200 and 350 km depending on the model. The missile uses radio illumination mid-course correction to fly towards the target with a terminal semi active radar homing phase.
Esmayeeli has already said the country plans to stage Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 5 drill and unveil a new drone in the military maneuver.
The military drill will be held late 2013 or early 2014 and occupies more space comparing to Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4, previously held in eastern Iran.
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