Iran has officially confirmed deployment of the Russian-made S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems for a combat duty Wednesday, local media reports.
"The S-300s have assumed combat duty and are operational," ommander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said in an interview with Tasnim news agency. The specific area location for the Russian air defense missile systems is unknown.
The general also mentioned development of Iran’s homegrown long-range air defense missile system dubbed Bavar-373, which will be tested soon.
"We’ll test the complex [the Bavar-373] until the end of this year [it will end on March 20, 2018 in Iran] so that it becomes part of the country’s integrated air defense system next year," the Iranian general said.
Russia signed a contract with Iran in 2007 on the delivery of S-300 air defense missiles systems to the Islamic Republic. The S-300 is an antiaircraft missile system capable of destroying modern and cutting-edge aircraft, including planes using stealth technology, as well as medium-range ballistic missiles, tactical and cruise missiles, and also radar surveillance and guidance aircraft, reconnaissance and strike complexes.