A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic plans to unveil a passive phased array radar system capable of detecting stealth aircraft.
The radar system is “technically and tactically unique,” Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili was quoted by Fars news agency as saying on Thursday. “The radar will be unveiled on September 1st in the Sacred Defense Week and it will be deployed once its location is determined,” Esmaili said. He added that the country’s Defense Ministry has upgraded Mersad 2 missile system, which is being used at Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base. The commander said Mersad 2 is an upgraded version of Mersad 1 system, adding it has great capabilities in electronic warfare and that its range has increased as well. On Monday, Esmaili said that Iran’s air defense was fully self-sufficient in producing the required military equipment, adding all the country’s old systems had been upgraded and domestically manufactured. Meanwhile, Iran’s first indigenously manufactured floating radar has also been installed and launched on a vessel at the country’s northern Amirabad Port. The seaborne Sahand Radar, which has been designed and developed by Iranian experts, was mounted on Miankaleh vessel, tested and put into operation on Wednesday. The achievement is part of an ongoing national drive to fully tap into the potential of local industries and indigenously produce state-of-the-art equipment. The home-made radar device has a 4.0-kilowatt transmitter unit and has been tested seven miles (11 kilometers) offshore, which compares to the foreign-made Furuno 1832 radar unit. The Sahand Radar is on experimental service and will eventually be mass-produced after undergoing final tests. In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems. The Islamic Republic has also held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment. Iran has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.