Iran Unveils Upgraded Air Defense Radar System

“This radar is capable of identifying and finding all types of cruise missiles, stealth aircraft, drone systems and also ballistic missiles within a 400-kilometer range,” said the commander of the Iranian Army's Air Defense Force

Iranian Khordad 15 surface-to-air missile battery. The Falaq radar system can reportedly be incorporated into Iran’s larger integrated air defense (Photo: AP)

Iran unveiled a new radar air defense system on Saturday it says is capable of detecting missiles and drones at a range of 400 kilometers (250 miles), ISNA news agency reported.

The “Falaq” is a locally overhauled version of the imported “Gamma” surveillance radar, the semi-official news agency said.

“This radar is capable of identifying and finding all types of cruise missiles, stealth aircraft, drone systems and also ballistic missiles within a 400-kilometer range,” ISNA quoted the commander of the Iranian Army's Air Defense Force as saying during the unveiling ceremony.

The Falaq is a phased-array radar system which can be incorporated into Iran’s larger integrated air defense, which includes an S-300 surface-to-air missile system that Russia delivered in 2016, state-run Press TV said.

“The (Falaq) system was developed in order to counter sanctions restricting access to spare parts of a previously foreign-developed system,” Press TV said on its website.

 

[Sources: Reuters, AFP]

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