Syria is arming itself with Iranian missile systems due to the ‘inaction’ of Russian S-300

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian Defense Ministry has come to a general agreement with Iran regarding the supply of anti-aircraft missile systems and updating the existing Syrian air defense system, learned citing Syrian military sources.

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Iranian air defense systems are ready to provide full protection for Syrian airspace, military experts firmly state this. The deployment of the Bavar-373 air defense systems is planned to be carried out throughout Syria. I want to note that this air defense system is a complete analogue of the Russian S-300, because the characteristics of these weapons are similar, as is the price segment.

This whole issue of modernization was posed due to the downtime of the S-300 and their inaction. Let me remind you that Russian air defense systems S-300 are based in Syria, but they do not carry out their work, since Russia does not fully intervene in this military-political conflict and the Syrian military campaign as a whole.

Also, the Iranian military is ready to share their experience with Syrian soldiers in the issue of managing and operating Iranian air defense systems; moreover, military experts note that the Bavar-373 air defense system has extensive experience in detecting American fighters.

In general, Russian systems are “idle” for obvious reasons, if they intercept American stealth fighters or Israeli / Turkish UAVs, then a new military-political conflict could easily erupt. That is why Russian air defense systems are inactive.

Iran unveils air defense system

Last August Iran unveiled the Bavar-373 air defense system, described as a “substantial upgrade” over the Russian-made S-300.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by President Hassan Rouhani, Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami, and other senior military officials.

“With this long-range air defense system, we can detect … targets or planes at more than 300 km (190 miles), lock it at about 250 km, and destroy it at 200 km,” Defense Minister Amir Hatami told state television, according to Reuters.

The long-range defense system is said to be capable of detecting up to 100 targets simultaneously and engage six targets at a time.

Bavar-373 reportedly uses a long-range, phased array fire-control radar, dubbed Me’raj-4. It utilizes Sayyad-4 surface-to-air missiles said to have a maximum range of 200 km.

Iran showed a radar that detects ‘invisible’ and ballistic targets

As we reported this April, the Iranian armed forces introduced two new radar installations developed in Iran. The ceremony was attended by the commander of the armed forces of the Islamic Republic, Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi.

The Khalidzh-e-Fars installation, whose name translates as the Persian Gulf, has a range of 800 kilometers and is said to be capable of detecting invisible and ballistic targets.

The radius of the Morakeb radar (Vigilant) is 400 kilometers, but it can distinguish between small targets, including those flying at low altitude. Its main task is the fight against unmanned aerial vehicles.

At the ceremony, the Bavar-373 anti-aircraft missile system was once again presented. He was shown at the parade in honor of the day of military industry in August 2019. It was developed as an alternative to the Russian S-300 systems.

However, even before this, information appeared in the media that the latest Iranian air defense system had already taken up combat duty. One of the complexes deployed in Syria was destroyed in April 2018. This attack is attributed to the Israeli Air Force.

Iran is one of the five largest anti-ballistic missiles manufacturers

Iran’s deputy defense minister said the country is currently one of the five largest manufacturers of anti-ballistic missiles in the world, with enormous potential for the production of cruise missiles and other defense equipment, we anounced in February this year.

“Islamic Iran is currently one of the five largest missile defense manufacturers in the world,” said Brigadier General Kassem Takizadeh, speaking at a ceremony in Tehran on February 5, as Press TV reported then.

“At the same time, we achieved very high power with respect to the production of various types of satellites, cruise missiles and other military equipment,” he added.

A senior military official noted that prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s defense industry was completely dependent on other countries, but this trend has changed since the revolution, and currently the country occupies a high place in the world in relation to the development of its military industry.

He pointed to Iran’s progress in the production of precision-guided missiles and intelligent air defense systems, noting that the Bavar-373 domestic missile defense system, which has a range of targets up to 120 kilometers and can hit targets at an altitude of up to 27 kilometers, is one of the most important defensive achievements of the country after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Also in his speech, the Iranian general said that the country had no place in space technology before the Islamic Revolution, adding: “At present, we are among the eight leading countries in the world in the field of space technology.”

The head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Mortez Barari said on Saturday that the country is preparing to launch its new domestic satellite of scientific observations in the “coming days”.

Barari told AFP that the production of the Zafar (Victory) satellite “began three years ago with the participation of 80 Iranian scientists.”

According to Berari, the 113-kilogram satellite will be launched by the Simorg rocket launcher to an altitude of 530 kilometers (329 miles) above the Earth, where it will make 15 revolutions around the Earth per day.

Iran is six months away from its first nuclear bomb

Yesterday [July 10 – ed.] we reported that Iran has become just a few months away from producing its first nuclear bomb, thanks to its relatively enriched uranium, according a statement of an intelligence officer in front of online publication Elaph.

Elaph quoted the unnamed senior intelligence official as saying that Iran has 140 kg of uranium enriched by 4%, and it needs only 6 months to complete enrichment to more than 90%.

The intelligence source said Iran would be able to produce its first nuclear bomb, if it chose to, noting that success in that depends on the absence of errors or any interference with the nuclear program.

He continued: “Iran has resumed limited enrichment activity, and is in the process of obtaining another 140 kg of enriched uranium to produce a second bomb after the completion of the first production, by a decision that would come from the High Command.”

But Tehran has not taken its decision yet, especially in light of its economic problems and U.S. sanctions, which coincide with the pressures of the coronavirus outbreak that claimed the lives of several Iranians.

The newspaper said it obtained information, according to which, the recent bombings that affected “nuclear facilities and military sites in Iran” would disrupt this endeavor and impede the project for months and possibly years.

For its part, the Andishah Sazan Institute for Strategic Studies in Iran revealed, Thursday, the results of the ongoing investigations regarding the incident at the Nahtanz nuclear facility.

“The ongoing investigations into the Natanz facility incident confirm the absence of any air attack from outside the country and across the Iranian border,” said Saadallah Zaraei, head of the institute.

“The explosion occurred from inside the facility because of either a cyber attack or an act of sabotage,” Zaraei said, stressing that “the relevant authorities will surely announce the main cause of the explosion and its circumstances as soon as the investigations are completed.”

Regarding an Israeli role in the blast inside the Natanz facility, the Iranian official stressed that “the Israeli entity wants to fish in troubled waters and record for itself what it dreams to achieve.”

War in Syria

In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.

In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.

Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.


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