Iranian state news proudly presented the first images of a long-range “air defense” system Friday, the Bavar 373 missile, in a message to the international community about the military and defense capabilities of the Iranian Army. 

The Bavar 373, named after the Farsi word for “Belief,” was developed as an alternative to the S-300, which Russia withdrew its intention to sell Iran due to pressure from the European Union (EU).

Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered the development of the missile system as an alternative to locally produced weaponry. The matter was handed over to the Air Defense Command, Khatam al Anbia, and a number of scientific and academic centers. […]