Iran tests own air defence system to match Russian S-300

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/3 18:05:06

Iran has tested its home-grown air defence system, designed to match the Russian S-300, state broadcaster IRIB reported on Sunday.

The report cited the head of the Revolutionary Guards' air defence Farzad Esmaili as saying that Iran has "a specific plan to boost missile power."

"The system is made completely in Iran and some of its parts are different from the S-300. All of its sub-systems have been completed and its missile tests have been conducted," Farzad Esmaili said.

"In parallel with the deployment of the S-300, work on Bavar-373 system is underway," he added.

Bavar (which means "belief") is Tehran's first long-range missile defence system, and is set to be operational by March 2018, he added.

Iran began manufacturing Bavar-373 in 2010 after the purchase of the S-300 from Russia was suspended due to international sanctions.

He said he hoped "the combat capabilities of Iran's ballistic and cruise missiles" would increase in the next four years.

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