Iran testing homegrown air defense system, official says


The Leader also admired the "very good jobs" that the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base has done, describing them as a testimony to the "determination, motivation and capabilities" of local forces.

Before the speech of the Commander-in-Chief of Iran's Armed Forces, General Ismaili, commander of Khatam Al-Anbia Air Defense Base, reported on the most important activities of the base, commemorating the anniversary of the base's foundation.

Iran has tested its home-grown air defence system, created to match the Russian S-300, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' air defence has said.

"The system is made completely in Iran and some of its parts are different from the S-300".

Iran has designed and developed a sophisticated electromagnetic radar to trace cruise missiles, Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy for Coordination Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari was quoted as saying Sunday by FARS news agency.

Bavar (which means "belief") is Tehran's first long-range missile defence system, and is set to be operational by March 2018, he added. Although Russia resumed sale of S-300 to Iran after 2015 nuclear deal with P-5 and but Iran continued to work for its indigenous design.

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Absent that understanding, China will continue to run out the clock until North Korea can strike US cities with nuclear weapons. It said the underground test site did not leak radioactive materials, which would make such a determination even harder.

The Trump administration has recently struck a hard line on Iran, accusing Tehran of violating the spirit of an accord with world powers that lifted sanctions and sought to curb its nuclear programme.

United States assets may pass within a mile of Iranian space and ignore warnings as a test of how they would react, USA defense officials said a year ago, explaining the situation.

Iran is a key supporter of Syria and the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.

Israel has in recent years repeatedly hit convoys believed to be transferring advanced rockets and missiles, being transferred from Iran through Syria to Hezbollah.

Esmaili and Hatami's comments came amid increasing tensions with Washington, which has passed new sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile program.