S-200 Dubna (SA-5 Gammon)

Russia Pledges to ‘Increase Effectiveness’ of Syrian Air Defenses

Russia has pledged to “increase the effectiveness” of the Syrian military’s air defenses after a U.S. airstrike on an airfield held by Syrian forces, Russian news agency Interfax reports. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Friday that Moscow would take steps to “strengthen and raise the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces’ systems of anti-aircraft […]

Israel Threatens to Destroy Syrian Air Defenses

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned Syria that Israel will destroy its air defense system if Syria fires an anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft again. Speaking on Israel public radio Sunday morning, Liberman said, “The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our airplanes, we will destroy all of them without […]

Iranian Air Defense to Cover Gulf

Iran’s air defense commander has raised the prospect that the Islamic Republic could deploy its new S-300 systems so that their long-range can be used to cover international airspace over the Gulf. Iranian news agencies quoted Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili as saying: “New plans for making changes in the area of air defense of the […]

Iran Upgrades Homegrown Air Defense Missile System

Iranian military specialists manufactured an upgraded version of its air defense missile system named Talash, which uses homegrown Sayyad missiles to hit high-altitude flying targets. The upgraded Talash defense missile system is synced with the Iranian air defense missiles, the Sayyad-2 and 3, and the Russian-made S-200 missile system has been removed from the gear. The Talash-1 […]

Iran Builds Simulators for S-200, Hag, Rapier Missiles

The Iranian military is developing simulators for its long-range S-200, Hag and Rapier missile defense systems, a senior Air Defense commander said on Sunday. “We used to have only 12 simulators for the S-200 missile systems, but we now have 150 simulators for heavy missile systems and as many for light missile systems,” Deputy Commander […]

Iran Announces Progress on Long-Range SAMs

Iran’s air defence commander, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, has claimed the Islamic Republic is making progress on two indigenous long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) programmes, in a series of announcements made on 28 August and 1 September. He said on 28 August that the Bavar-373 SAM had been successfully test-fired for the first time. This announcement […]

Iran Plans to Unveil Mid, Long-Range Missile Defense Systems

Iran plans to unveil its latest achievements in area of missile technology on September 22, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced on Wednesday. “The latest mid- and long-range missile defense systems will be unveiled on September 22,” Esmayeeli told FNA today. “These missile systems will include combined systems, artillery […]

Iran Equips S-200 Air Defense System with New Missiles

Iran’s S-200 air defense system has been equipped with domestically manufactured Sayyad-3 missiles, the deputy commander of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base announced on Saturday.  Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram said that Sayyad-3 missiles are able to hit targets at medium altitudes. Iranian experts had previously upgraded the Russian-made long-range medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air S-200 air defense […]

Making Sense of Iranian S-300s

Iran has a long history of disrupting maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf, but should a recently resurrected deal between Russia and Iran for the S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) bear fruit, Tehran could soon project the same hostility into the skies. Despite assurances from Russia’s Foreign Minister that “[t]he S-300 is exclusively […]