Iran: Homegrown Missile Defense System Bavar-373 Completed Initial Tests

Iran’s first homegrown missile defense system called Bavar-373 has successfully passed initial tests, according to local media. A senior Army officer claims the system will become operational by March 2018

The Bavar-373 system (Photo: Tasnim news agency)

Iran’s first domestically built long-range missile defense system has successfully completed its initial tests, local media reports.

In an interview with Tasnim news agency, Lieutenant Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base General Abolfazl Sepehrirad said the Bavar-373 air defense missile system has gone through all of the initial tests successfully.

The Bavar-373 employs three different types of missiles to hit targets at various altitudes. It is designed to intercept cruise missiles, drones, combat aircraft and ballistic missiles

According to Defense World, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, was quoted as saying that the Bavar-373 will be operational by March 2018.

In 2007, Iran requested at least five S-300 defense systems from Russia. After Russia's initial refusal to sell the system, the Iranians began to manufacture a domestic version.