Iranian army tests home-made air defence missiles
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 27
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran's army has deployed home-made air defence missiles during a massive military drill ongoing in the south of the country, Iran’s state-run IRINN TV reported Dec. 27.
The home-made air defense missile systems of "Ya Zahra 3" and “Mersad” successfully launched missiles and destroyed fake aerial targets at the second day of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base’s drill, namely “Modafean-e Aseman-e Velayat 7” (Defenders of Velayat Skies 7).
Detection and interception of hypothetical enemy drones with domestic missile systems is among the plans to be executed during the second day of the drills.
"Ya Zahra 3," is a low-altitude missile system, designed by Iranian experts. The missile system is mobile, and is able to work under various climatic conditions and target multiple targets.
Mersad is also an Iranian advanced low to mid range, medium-altitude air defense system developed in 2010. It uses a series of domestically produced radars and electronic devices and fires home-made surface-to-air Shalamcheh missiles.
Iran’s Air Defense Base has employed a broad range of equipment, including tactical radars, mobile watch posts, and ground-based and air-based eavesdropping systems in the drill which covers an area of 496,000 square kilometers in Iran’s southern provinces of Hormozgan, Bushehr and Khuzestan.
The Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base holds routine military exercises throughout the year. The country’s integrated air defense network protects 3,700 sensitive sites across the country, including nuclear facilities.