(Persia Digest) - The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh announced that Iranian experts are designing a new powerful radar with the capability to intercept flying objects on the move.
"We are designing a radar system to encounter and destroy targets as it moves unlike the existing radars in the world which are stationed," General Hajizadeh said in an interview with the state TV on Monday.
Fars News reports that he also said that Iran is standing among the few countries which can produce missiles with precision-striking power, and said, "Today we are the first missile power in the region and are among the 7-8 superior world states."
General Hajizadeh also noted round the clock contruction operations by the military to extend the network of highly complicated tunnels deep down the surface across the country to keep the produced missiles, ammunition, equipment and even personnel in missile towns.
Iran has gained self-sufficiency in manufacturing most of its defensive needs, including missiles, drones and radars.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Deputy Commander of Khatam Ol-Anbia Air Defense Base for Operations General Alireza Elhami announced that his country stood among the world's most advanced powers in production of passive radars.
"Today, we are among the 8 superior world states that have made it to build passive radar and we have tested this radar in action and in field, and it has shown successful results," General Elhami said.
He further pointed out that the Iranian passive radar is special to the county as other world states, including those other seven countries are making passive radar systems of a different type.
"We have manufactured an active VHS-band radar with a range of 700km which is unique in design in the world and is special to our country," General Elhami said.
The Iranian Army's Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base in March unveiled two new indigenized state-of-the-art radar systems.
The radar systems, 'Moein 40' and 'Nasser 40' which have been built and put into action by experts at Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base were unveiled in a ceremony attended by Commander of Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi Fard and a number of other army commanders.
“Nasser 40” is a passive radar system capable of detecting targets in urban environments, which is developed by Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology of the Iranian Presidential Office. The radar has the capability to locate flying small objects and cruise missiles in urban environments and surrounding areas.
“Moein 40” is a navigating system which asks for the information of the flying aircraft, not from the pilot, but from the aircraft system itself. The range of the radar is 400 kilometers, and the system meets the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is capable of detecting the geographical location of targets.
Moein has an altimeter to measure altitude and precisely locate the targets, while it also has the capability to exchange targets and the exchange of information with other radar systems of the country. It could be used for military and trade purposes.
The Iranian defense ministry in October 2017 unveiled a new state-of-the-art radar system named 'Afaq' for coastguard forces.
The ceremony was participated by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.
"The coast monitoring radar is capable of monitoring vessels in a range of 200km and it can also trace and hunt aerial targets," General Hatami said.
Noting that the radar enjoyed proper mobility and anti-electronic war capabilities, he said that Afaq could simultaneously monitor and trace 100 vessels.
The Iranian Armed Forces in January 2017 put into operation the home-made 'Nazir' radar system with the capability of detecting radar-evading targets and fighting against electronic warfare.
"Nazir radar system was put into operation and from now on, no radar-evading flying object can enter the Islamic Iran's skies without permission," former Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said at the time.
"The radar is special to detecting the small flying objects and MQ1, RQ4 and U2 aircrafts and can easily detect and trace ballistic and cruise missiles and most importantly, the radar-evading aircraft," he added.
Nazir is a long-range and high-precision radar system which is highly capable of detecting targets in low radar cross section and is resistant to radar evading and anti-radar missiles.
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