Iran’s Army has unveiled two new locally-made radars based on AESA technology which it claims can detect low-observable aircraft, drones besides ballistic and cruise missiles.
The radars, named Khalij-e Fars (Persian Gulf) and Moraqeb (Watchful), were unveiled in a ceremony on Sunday in the presence of Chief Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Fars News Agency reported.
Khalij-e Fars is a long-range and strategic radar system with an operational range of over 800 kilometers. It is a phased-array three-dimensional radar system with modern technology that can detect all conventional and radar-evading targets as well as ballistic missiles, an official statement released to Iranian media said.
The system has been designed and manufactured by the Army’s Air Defense experts in cooperation with Iranian knowledge-based companies.
Iranian radars have in recent times detected US aircraft and drones. The Iranian Army in February claimed to have warned off an F/A-18 aircraft believed to be a US electronic attack jet operated by the US Navy.
In June 2019, the Iranian military brought down a $220 million worth Global Hawk high altitude reconnaissance drone flying at over 20,000 meters with a surface-to-air missile. The hit would have only been possible by tracking the drone using a sophisticated radar systems linked to a GPS.