The next version of Iran's missile defense system ‘Bavar-373,’ said to be a clone of the Russian s-300, will be able to hunt ballistic targets.
The Iranian Army Air Defense Force’s deputy commander for coordination said plans have been devised to manufacture the second version of Bavar-373 air defense missile system, according to Tasnim News.
The commander, General Mohammad Yousefi noted that the new version will be suited to intercept ballistic targets, saying more details will be made public in the near future. The current version is capable of relatively slower cruise missiles and fighter jets.
Iran unveiled Bavar-373 in August 2019. The long-range air defense system is capable of detecting up to 100 targets, tracking 60 of them, and engaging with six concurrently.
A distinguishing feature of Bavar-373 is its vertical launching system with square launchers, mostly used for air defense on warships.
Bavar-373 uses a long-range, phased array fire-control radar, dubbed Me’raj-4.
The air defense system employs three different types of missiles to hit targets at various altitudes.
In November 2022, the Iranian Defense Ministry unveiled ‘Sayyad 4B’, a new solid-propellant missile paired with Bavar-373 air defense system with a range of 300 kilometers.
Iranian officials caimed that the Bavar-373 has become capable of countering the fifth-generation fighter jets which have a low-observable Radar Cross Section.