Iran has started producing a missile system that will be more advanced than the S-300 system it was set to acquire before Russia abruptly cancelled its delivery in the face of international pressure, Iran's Mehr news agency, citing Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili, reported Monday.

Esmaeili, the commander of the Khatam-ol-Anbia Anti-Aircraft Base, said the missile system was called Bavar 373. He also revealed that Iran will in the next two months begin large scale air defense maneuvers.

It was not immediately clear whether the Bavar 373 would be tested as part of the exercise.

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