Commander: Iran’s air defense keeping pace with advancements in enemy fighters

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian commander underlined the country’s high level of military deterrence, and said the country’s air defense is making rapid progress in accordance with the advancements made in hit-tech enemy fighter jets.

“The more advanced enemy fighters grow, the more sophisticated and advanced the Iranian air defense will be,” Commander of the Eastern Zone of Iran’s Air Defense Malek Ali Asadifar said in the Eastern city of Birjand on Sunday.

In relevant remarks in mid-May, the Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base said his forces are fully prepared to defend the country against threats in the region.

Speaking during a visit to the country’s Southwestern Air Defense Zone at the time, Esmayeeli pointed to Iran’s eye-catching growth in air defense systems in recent years, and stated that Iran’s air defense capability is so advanced that it is not comparable to what it could do during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.

“At present, the air defense unit’s capability, capacity and expertise can defuse any threat existing in the region,” Esmayeeli stressed, adding that the air defense forces enjoy a “desirable” level of preparedness.

In November, different systems with the capability of intercepting incoming cruise missiles as well as optimized and indigenized air defense missiles were tested in the massive aerial exercises code-named ‘Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 4)’.

The advanced home-made Ya Zahra air defense missile system was among the systems tested in the wargames.

The air defense weapon is capable of identifying, intercepting and destroying aerial targets, including different types of aircraft, choppers and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Ya Zahra is a mobile system and can be linked to the country’s integrated air defense network and is capable of engaging and destroying several aerial targets simultaneously and also has a powerful fast reaction and full detection capabilities.

During the wargames, Iran also tested a variety of missile systems, including anti-cruise weapons.

Also artilleries, shoulder-launched weapons and low-altitude missile systems were used in the military drills.

Iranian air defense units also exercised targeting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with anti-aircraft Hawk missiles.

The missile was fired by a mobile air defense system on a missile-launching vehicle.

By Fars News Agency

 

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