Iran Unveils S-300 Clone, Claims ‘Substantial Upgrades’ over Russian System

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Iran Unveils S-300 Clone, Claims ‘Substantial Upgrades’ over Russian System
Iran Unveils S-300 Clone, Bavar-373: Image from TV
Iran today unveiled an air defence system (ADS) which its state TV said is a ‘substantial upgrade over the Russian-made S-300 ADS. The surface-to-air missile system, dubbed Bavar-373, was unveiled during a ceremony on Thursday morning in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and other senior military officials. Bavar-373 is a mobile missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming hostile targets flying at altitudes of up to 65 kilometers. The system employs missiles that have a maximum range of 300 kilometers. The long-range defense system is capable of detecting up to 100 targets simultaneously and engages six targets at a time. The system is a competitor to Russias S-300 missile system and brings quite a few substantial upgrades over its Russian equivalent. Russia had earlier backdown down from selling the S-300 ADS to Tehran amidst fears that Moscow might attract additional sanctions. Some reports claim differences over price and payment terms may have led the potential Moscow-Tehran deal to be aborted.
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