Iran to produce own S-300 anti-aircraft system by 2015, official says

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 16, 2014 12:28

After Russian deal to supply S-300 to Iran was cancelled, Iran hopes to complete home-made anti-aircraft missiles within two years.




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Belarusssian S-300 mobile missile launching systems drive through a military parade. [Illustrative]. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Iran is planning to produce its own version of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, Tehran's top air defense commander was quoted as saying by Iran's Fars News Agency.

Russia was originally contracted to supply Iran with the S-300 batteries, but the deal was cancelled, reportedly after Israel and other Western nations pressured Moscow.

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Iran hopes to complete its version of the S-300, the Bavar 373, by the end of 2015, according to the commander of the Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, Brig-Gen Farzad Esmayeeli.

"We hope to witness a very good system with higher capabilities than the S-300 in our air defense structure”, Fars quoted Esmayeeli as saying. He added that the launch of the Bavar 373 was part of Iran's 2010-2015 Five Year Development Plan.

One of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft missile systems in the world, the S-300 has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time.


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