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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 to Expand Air Defense Network to 5,000 Sites

Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli stressed his forces’ full preparedness to defend Iran’s airspace, and said the country plans to further expand its air defense network, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported. “Today the country’s airspace is monitored point by point by the air defense base, and with God’s help, […]

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 […]

DM: Iran to Double Range of Qadir Cruise Missile, Readying to Test-Fire Long-Range Sayyad Missile

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced the country’s plans to increase the range of its newly-unveiled Qadir cruise missile and also test-fire the long-range Sayyad (Hunter) 3 missile in the near future. Dehqan made the remarks in a televised interview with Iran’s state-run TV on Sunday night after the Iranian Armed Forces unveiled […]

Iran Starts Mass-Production of “Sayyad-2” Surface-to-Air Missile

The production line of the “Sayyad-2” surface-to-air missile was inaugurated in Iran in a ceremony attended by the country’s Defence Minister, Hussein Dehghan, Tasnim news portal reported on Nov. 9. Dehghan underlined that, the Sayyad-2 missile uses solid-fuel engine, adding that it benefits combined guidance system with high operation capabilities. Sayyad-2 is an upgraded version […]

Iran Starts Producing New Missile System

Tehran  – Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehqan on Saturday inaugurated the production line of an anti-missile system dubbed the Sayyad-2 (Hunter 2), media reported. “In order to counter aerial attack, we have put the production of the Sayyad-2 missile system on the agenda,” Dehqan said on state television during the inauguration ceremony. “This solid-fuel missile […]

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 […]