Iran has released images of its first indigenous long-range missile defense system.
The images on local news agencies showed President Hassan Rouhani and Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan standing in front of the new Bavar 373 missile defense system.
Iran launched the program when the country was facing sanctions due to its nuclear program. It was designed as an alternative to the Russian S-300 system after Russia refused to deliver the missile defense system in 2010.
“We did not intend to make an Iranian version of the S-300 - we wanted to build an Iranian system, and we built it,” Dehghan told the IRNA news agency on Aug. 20.
Rouhani said in a televised speech that Iran’s military budget had more than doubled compared with last year.
“If we are able to discuss with world powers around the negotiating table, it is because of our national strength, because of our national unity,” he said.
Rouhani also unveiled the first Iranian-made turbojet engine on Sunday, saying it was capable of flight at 50,000 feet.
"The Islamic republic is one of eight countries in the world who have mastered the technology to build these engines," the president said.
Dehghan added that Iran was now looking to develop seaborne cruise missiles capable of supersonic speed.
The new Bavar 373 has Iran's first vertical launcher, using Sayad 3 missiles that were first tested in September 2014.
Russian Tu-22M3 bombers for the first time delivered airstrikes on Islamic State terrorist weapon depots in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor and Idlib provinces in Syira operating from Irans Hamadan airbase. Moscow and Tehran signed a military agreement allowing the Russian aircraft to be stationed at the airport in West Iran
Iran has unveiled a new home-made drone which is capable of jamming the enemies' communication systems. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was displayed at an exhibition in Tehran,
Iran has reportedly received missile part of S-300 surface-to-air defense system from Russia, moving to finish the delivery of all divisions of the system by yearend. "The first shipment of missiles of S-300 missile system has recently entered Iran that shows Iran's determination to equip its air defense circle with this system," Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, Tasnim news reported Monday
Warplanes of the Iranian Air Force have conducted ‘carpet-bombing of mock enemy positions amid the aerial maneuvers in the central province of Isfahan. Flying at low altitude, Irans Sukhoi-24 and Phantom aircraft practiced the bombardment technique, which features dropping a large number of bombs on enemy targets in an area with the aim of causing 'uniform' destruction
Russian Helicopters has conducted a technical examination of the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) to authorize it as the only Mi-series aircraft and components repair enterprise in Iran Russian experts carried out technical examination of the Iranian company during July 2016, the company announced Thursday. During the talks between Russian Helicopters representatives and their Iranian colleagues, an action plan was developed for reequipping the aircraft repair enterprise - IHSRC and its subsequent authorization as the only comprehensive center for maintenance and overhaul of the Mi-17/171 civilian helicopters in Iran
Irans Ministry of Defense (MoD) is considering to negotiate with Russia over acquisition of Sukhoi S-300 and Bavar-373 air defense systems. "After Russia completes deliveries of S-300 long range air defense systems( ADS) and the Iranian Bavar-373 ADS is phased into service, we will not be acquiring additional batches of air defense weaponry
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