Iran’s top air defense commander announced on Saturday that the country would launch Bavar (Belief) 373 missile defense system – the Iranian version of the sophisticated S-300 long-range air-defense missile shield – in the next two years.

Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli told FNA that bottleneck problems for the construction of Bavar 373 infrastructures have been resolved, adding that development and construction of the highly advanced anti-missile defense system would be accomplished by the end of Iran’s Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015).

“We hope to witness a very good system with higher capabilities than the (Russian) S-300 in our air defense structure by the end of the (Development) Plan”, added the General.