Iran to test home-grown anti-missile system soon
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
The Iranian Defense Ministry plans to test the home-made "Bavar-373" air defense missile system in coming months.
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan has said that within the test the experts will examine the function of Bavar 373 against a ballistic missile, Fars news agency reported.
The minister added that the missile system is expected to undergo final tests on May 24.
Earlier on March 4, Iran successfully tested the S-300 surface to air missile system which was purchased from Russia under an $800 million contract concluded in 2007.
Iran showcased "Bavar-373", an alternative to Russian S300, for the first time last August.
The home-grown missile system features characteristics similar to Russia’s S-300 and it reportedly is capable of hitting high altitude targets.
Dehghan had earlier said that Tehran was expected to begin the mass production of "Bavar-373" in March 2017 after completing technical tests.