Iran vows to boost air defense capabilities

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/2 23:48:30

Iran's top military official on Saturday disclosed a plan by the Iranian military to boost the country's air defense capabilities, Arabic language satellite TV channel Alalam reported.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said that significant progress in the air defense, over the past years, has turned Iran's airspace into one of the safest in the troubled Middle East region.

Such a high level of security has encouraged many countries to fly their planes through the Iranian airspace, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said on Saturday.

Iran has carried out extensive work on the research and production of advanced air defense systems to counter the threats, Baqeri told reporters on the sidelines of a military exhibition in Tehran.

Building up air defense capabilities has been the main priority for the Iranian Armed Forces since a couple of years ago, he added.

On Aug. 29, Iran's new Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, also stressed the need for a boost of the country's air defense capabilities.

Iran needs to strengthen its air defense power in terms of quality and quantity at the low, medium and high altitudes, Hatami said.

According to the minister, all the S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems Iran purchased from Russia have been installed and are covering sensitive sites in the country.

The domestically-built Bavar-373 air defense system would also be used alongside the S-300 to protect Iran's air space, he said.

The United States has imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to what it has called Tehran's "continued provocative actions" of ballistic missile tests.

In response, Iran's parliament voted on Aug. 13 to allocate 520 million US dollars to develop its missile program to fight the US "adventurism" and sanctions.

Iranian officials unanimously called the missile tests "inalienable right" of the country to boost deterrent power.

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