The Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh announced that Iranian experts are designing a new powerful radar with the capability to intercept the flying objects on move, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
“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 earlier this week.
“Today we are the first missile power in the region and are among the 7-8 superior world states,” he added.
General Hajizadeh also noted round the clock construction 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, FNA added.
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.
“We have manufactured an active VHS-band radar with a range of 700 km 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 radar systems ‘Moein 40’ and Nasser 40’.
‘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 radar system named ‘Afaq’ for coastguard forces.
“The coast monitoring radar is capable of monitoring vessels in a range of 200 km and it can also trace and hunt aerial targets,” Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir 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.
In January 2017, the Iranian Armed Forces put into operation ‘Nazir’ radar system with the capability of detecting radar-evading targets and fighting against electronic warfare. Nazir is a long-range and high-precision radar system capable of detecting targets in low radar cross section and is resistant to radar evading and anti-radar missiles.