TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s homegrown long-range air defense missile system dubbed “Bavar-373” is planned to come into operation in the next Iranian year (begins on March 21, 2018), Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili announced.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, Brigadier General Esmaili pointed to the employment of the Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, saying it has been installed and is operated by the country’s air defense forces.
Iran took the delivery of the S300-PMU2 missile system from Russia in July 2016.
The commander added that the Bavar-373 missile system, which would be “stronger than the S-300”, is planned to be tested by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2018).
He went on to say that the domestically-made missile system will be added to the country’s integrated air defense network in the next Iranian year.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
Tehran has always assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.