TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Wednesday that the new defense systems integrated into the country’s home-made missile shield have increased its air defense capability.
“Integration of the indigenized systems with the new systems has increased (Iran’s) air defense capability,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said, addressing the Air Defense Base staff in Tehran only a day after reports said Iran has received the missiles of a battalion of the S-300 air defense system that it imported from Russia a few months ago.
Stressing Iran’s eye-catching progress in detection and reconnaissance fields, he said, “The Air Defense is also capable of fighting against any threats at any altitude by relying on its home-made capabilities.”
Esmayeeli underlined that the equipment needed in the Air Defense Base are built and supplied based on standing needs and requirements and future threats.
His remarks came after reports said earlier this week that the first cargo of missiles special to the Russian S-300 missile defense system which was delivered to Tehran by Moscow in April has arrived in Iran.
The recently-delivered missiles can be used in the S-300 PMU2 defense shield which is known as the most advanced and deadliest missile defense system in the S-300 family.
According to the Russian arms manufacturer, the PMU2 needs only 5 minutes to prepare for action against hostile flying objects.
The radar used in the missile shield, N6E Big Bird 64, can simultaneously identify 200 targets, trace 12 targets and send the information to the fire control radar.
General Esmayeeli announced on Sunday that the Iran-Russia contract on the supply of several S-300 missile defense systems to Tehran will be accomplished by the end of the current Iranian year (that ends on March 20, 2017).
“The supply of the S-300 missile defense system is moving on its natural course and the remaining parts will be supplied to Iran by the end of the current year,” Esmayeeli said.
A battalion of the S-300 missile defense system was showed off in military parades in Tehran earlier this year without displaying the missiles. Russia is due to deliver several more S-300 missile systems to Iran by the end of this year.
Noting that Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base has deployed the S-300 missile shield that it has received from Russia, he said that the missile defense system monitors and defends the country’s airspace as part of Iran’s integrated defense network round the clock.
Esmayeeli also announced his forces’ plan to stage different drills in the country and unveil new technologies and productions in the missile field.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Esmayeeli said that the S-300 missile defense system will go operational by the end of current Iranian year.
“The S-300 air defense system is being mounted and deployed and it will go into operation by the end of the current year,” General Esmayeeli told reporters during a rally in Tehran attended by millions of Iranians to mark the International Quds Day.
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced in May that the Russian S-300 missile defense system sent to Iran has been delivered to Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, adding that the Iranian version of the defense shield called ‘Bavar (Belief) 373’ will be produced soon.
“The strategic S-300 defense system has been delivered to (Khatam ol-Anbia) air defense base,” Dehqan said while visiting Khatam ol-Anbia’s achievements in Tehran.
Moscow and Tehran signed a contract for the delivery of five battalion sets of S-300 PMU1 air defense missile systems in 2007.
Iran displayed the first S-300 air defense missile system imported from Russia in April.
A battalion of the S-300 missile defense system was showed off without displaying the missiles. Russia is due to deliver several more S-300 missile shields to Iran by the end of this year.
General Dehqan also announced that building of the home-made Bavar 373 defense shield is in its last stages, adding, “This defense system which can engage with multiple targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles, drones and warplanes, will be manufactured and its production line will be inaugurated this year.”
Dehqan added that the long-range defense system can target several targets simultaneously.
He also visited Bavar 373 project.
Iran designed and developed its own version of the S-300 missile shield, known as Bavar 373.
The Iranian version has superior features over the original Russian model as it enjoys increased mobility and reduced launch-preparation time.
By Fars News Agency