The Iranian Air Defense Force plans to soon deploy domestically-designed and manufactured Sepehr over-the-horizon (OTH) radar as well as the Bavar-373 missile system.
“We are now among the world's top ten powers ... in some spheres. We will soon put into operation a homegrown over-the-horizon (OTH) radar," deputy commander of the force, Brigadier General Alireza Elhami, was quoted as saying by Tasnim News Agency on Monday, adding, "While a number of countries in the world may possess such a radar, less than five states have the technical know-how to locally produce it.”
He went on to say that Sepehr (Sky) radar will be operational in the near future, noting that it has a range of 3,000km and will provide the Iran Air Defense Force with the upper hand in operations.
The radar can monitor all kinds of aircraft, ranging from commercial airliners, fighter jets and command and control military aircraft to aircraft fitted with radio relay stations and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the commander said.
“It can detect all aerial threats, and provide the necessary information for decision-making and countermeasures,” Elhami pointed out.
The senior Iranian commander also said long-range, road-mobile and surface-to-air Bavar-373 (Belief-373) missile system will come into operation in the near future, adding that the system can detect targets or planes at more than 300km.
Elhami highlighted that Iranian experts are working to upgrade the range of Sayyad (Hunter) tactical surface-to-air missile system, and increase it to 120km.