Commander highlights Iranian air defense capabilities

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili highlighted the Army’s air defense capabilities, saying the country’s integrated air defense network is protecting 3700 sensitive sites inside and outside the borders.

The air defense base is protecting 3700 sensitive and critical sites inside the country and beyond the borders, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said in a speech on Sunday.

“(Iran’s) air defense doctrine is based on 360-degree threat (detection and assessment) and therefore all of our artillery, radar, missile, electronic surveillance and monitoring systems should be aware of each other and act as an integrated network to have a coherent defense,” the commander went on to say.

Back in April, Lieutenant Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base General Ali Reza Sabahi-Fard had said that there has been a 1.5-fold increase in the number of the Air Defense missile sites across the country over the past five years.

He also noted that the country’s radar stations have doubled in number in the said period.

Thanks to the advanced, homegrown radars, some with ranges above 1,000 kilometers, the Iranian forces can monitor the enemies from home, General Sabahi-Fard added.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

Iran has made it clear that its military might poses no threat to the regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

By Tasnim News Agency