Iranian Navy Demos New Torpedo, Air Defense System and Anti-drone Missile

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Iranian Navy Demos New Torpedo, Air Defense System and Anti-drone Missile
Mersad air defense system during Zolfaqar 1401 drills @Iranian state media

Iran’s Navy demonstrated capabilities of its new homegrown torpedo Mian, and anti-drone system Talash during a large-scale war game underway in the area stretching from the eastern part of the Strait of Hormuz to the northern tip of the Indian Ocean.

On the third day of the Zolfaqar 1401 drill, the Navy’s Tareq submarine annihilated underwater target by firing Miad for the first time, Iran’s state-affiliated media reported. The Fateh and Qadir submarines detonated targets in the Sea of Oman and the northern parts of the Indian Ocean with Valfajr-2 torpedoes.

Sikorsky SH-3D helicopter of the Navy also dropped the Mark 46 torpedo and successfully destroyed the hypothetical enemy’s positions.

The Army’s Air Defense units employed the Talash missile system to shoot down a drone over international waters at a distance of 150km and at an altitude of 25,000ft, which had been flown to simulate a hostile attack on sensitive sites at Iran’s southern coastal city of Jask.

Talash is a mid-range air defense missile system that can hit high-altitude targets, including fighter jets, bombers, helicopters and drones, with Sayyad-3 missiles, reports say.

Radars of the new medium-altitude surface-to-air Mersad (Ambush) missile system intercepted an aerial target as it was seeking to penetrate the Iranian airspace. The system, in coordination with the Army’s Integrated Air Defense System, then launched a missile and struck the spy drone.

Mersad’s detection range has been upgraded from 100km to 150km. The system can lock on targets and destroy them at a distance of 40km. This system can be deployed in less than 7 minutes and has the ability to change its position within the same period of time after launching a missile.

Low-altitude Majid air defense missile system and Khatam artillery fire control system were employed, and they could down several UAVs. Majid is an agile electro-optical air defense missile system, and reportedly has an operational range of 8km. It is equipped with a long-range thermal optical system, and is paired with Khatam artillery fire control system to hit designated targets, Iranian media reported.

Also on Saturday, the Iranian Army’s reconnaissance drones surveyed the war game zone, and transmitted the collected intelligence and taken topographic images to the joint operations command center.

Combat drones carried out close air support (CAS) operations and attacked ground sites as well.

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