A newly-overhauled advanced radar system was unveiled on Saturday and delivered to the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Unit, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
‘Falaq’ radar system was unveiled in a ceremony at the presence of Commander of the Iranian Army’s Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi Fard in Tehran.
The gamma-class system can detect different cruise and ballistic missiles as well as stealth planes at a range of 400km.
The overhauling operations of Falaq took 2,300 man/hours of work.
General Sabahi Fard had underlined in July that the integrated radar system developed by Iran was capable of detecting and intercepting different types of US stealth planes and fighter jets.
“Today, we have gained full self-sufficiency in area of radar systems and powerfully detect different advanced US planes and give them warning,” General Sabahi Fard said, addressing a conference in Tehran.
He also underscored Iran’s progress in developing powerful defense systems, and said: “Our indigenized systems have made enemies realize that if they want to start a conflict with us, they will receive heavy blows.”
Iran in June unveiled a new home-made state-of-the-art missile defense system named ‘Khordad 15’ which is equipped with passive phased array radar system for detecting fighter jets, stealth targets and cruise missiles.
The missile defense system was unveiled in a ceremony participated by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and General Sabahi Fard in Tehran.
Elaborating on the features and capabilities of the defense shield, General Hatami said that it can trace targets, including fighter jets and enemy drones, 150km away and intercept them at a range of 120km.
“It can also trace stealth targets in areas 85km in distance, and destroy them at a distance of 45km,” he added.
General Hatami said that the missile defense system can trace, engage, and destroy 6 targets simultaneously, enjoys high mobility and can be prepared for operation in less than 5 minutes.
“The system is equipped with (passive) phased-array radar system with a multiple-target-engagement capability. It also has separate launch pads, and operates with Sayyad 3 missiles,” he underlined.
Iran’s defense system intercepted an intruder US Navy spy drone, MQ4-C Triton, over Iran’s territorial waters on June 20.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down a US Navy’s Northrop Grumman MQ4-C Triton drone that had entered Iranian airspace in the Gulf Oman to gather intelligence on June 20, using Sevvom Khordad surface-to-air missile system.