Baku, Azerbaijan, April 26
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran has designed an upgraded version of a domestic missile to be mounted on its S-200 air defence system.
Deputy Commander of Iran's Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base General Shahrokh Shahram said that the country's military experts have adapted Sayyad 3 missile, an updated version of Sayyad 2, to be launched from S-200 air defence system, Iranian ISNA news agency reported on April 26.
The new achievement will strengthen S-200 air defence system, the commander said, adding that the system will be capable to fire Sayyad 3 missiles towards targets within a medium-altitude range.
Iran's S-200 system is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile (SAM) system designed to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircrafts.
Each S-200 battalion has 6 single-rail missile launchers and one fire control radar. It can be linked to other, longer-range radar systems.
In November 2013, Iran's Defence Ministry inaugurated the production line of Sayyad 2, the earlier version of the missile.
It is equipped with a solid fuel engine with a combined guiding system and high operational capabilities, according to the Iranian officials.
Iran said in August 2013 that it used the home-made Sayyad 2 missile in its S-200 anti-aircraft system.
Sayyad 2 is a missile for mid-range and high-altitude air defence systems, designed based on the state-of-the-art technologies which can destroy different types of helicopters, drones and targets with small radar cross-section and high speed and manoeuvrability within its operational range.