Iranian Commander Stresses country’s Advanced Air Defense System

Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Seyed Abdolrahim Mousavi underlined that the country is in possession of advanced and up-to-date equipment in the field of air defense.

General Mousavi made the remarks while visiting different parts of the Tehran Air Defense Rapid Reaction Division on Wednesday.

He referred to the important role of Air Defense in defending the country, and said that the Islamic Republic enjoys modern technology to safeguard its territory and moves ahead of threats.

During this visit, the commander of the Tehran Air Defense Rapid Reaction Division presented a report on the activities carried out to upgrade the combat capability and readiness of the forces.

Iran has produced different powerful missile defense shields in recent years, including Third of Khordad.

A year after a US intruding drone was shot down over the Southern coasts of Iran by the IRGC Aerospace Force, new images of the naval version of the missile system were released for the first time last month.

The system has been stationed on the IRGC Shahid Siavoshi frigate and is capable of target lock and missile fire with the frigate on the move.

Third of Khordad missile system, that has been 100% mass produced by the experts of the IRGC Aerospace Force, is the same system which shot down on June 20, 2019 the highly advanced MQ-4C Triton drone of the American terrorists in Iran’s territorial waters South of the country near Kouh-e Mobarak region at an altitude of 50 thousand feet.

This system was unveiled for the first time during the visit of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. It is capable of engaging and intercepting 4 active targets at each round and has been assigned for countering tactical and strategic aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and drones and can also shoot down its targets under electronic warfare conditions.

Last year, IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh had informed of designing and making a missile system that, unlike the existing systems in the world, can trace, lock, engage and intercept targets on a moving platform.

The Third of Khordad Air Defense Shield fires Taer-2 Missiles which have also been developed and mass produced at the IRGC Aerospace Force. Third of Khordad defense shield is also capable of launching Sayyad-2 missiles with a range of 75 kilometers.


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