Commander: All Air Defense Systems Made in Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh underlined that all air defense systems deployed in the Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 1400 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 1400) exercises are manufactured domestically.
General Hajizadeh made the remarks on the sidelines of the joint drills conducted jointly by the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
"About 15 years ago, we did not have such capabilities, and we depended on foreign equipment in radar, command, and control as well as surface to air missile systems, while today thank God, we possess all these facilities indigenized and Iran-made," he said.
General Hajizadeh pointed out that the fully trained forces have been prepared to operate in groups, and said, "A group is tasked to play the role of enemy and another one as the aggressor during a simulated war and that the other group plays the role of defender."
"Radar systems are tasked to identify targets, and command and control centers should refer the targets to the air defense systems," he said, adding that all systems have been successful in their tasks to target and destroy different aims even cruise missiles.
General Hajizadeh further said that Qods Radar System has become operational in the drills.
"Winged bombs, capable to be fired from warplanes, have been launched for the first time in the maneuvers," he added.
Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) started large-scale aerial drills aimed at enhancing preparedness for defending the country’s skies against threats.
Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 1400 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 1400), the military drills kicked off in the country’s Central Desert on Tuesday, with the goal of practicing defensive maneuvers in the service of the country’s “sensitive and vital” spots and testing the operational maneuverability of the Armed Forces’ new-generation defensive equipment among other things.
The first day of the major Air Defense drills by the various branches of Iran’s Armed Forces saw the forces successfully laying into medium-altitude targets using completely indigenous military hardware.
The drills have so far recruited the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) and Air Defense Force (IRIADF) as well as the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Aerospace Division.
Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Qader Rahimzadeh specified the Air Defense systems deployed during the first day as the domestically-manufactured Mersad-16, Tabas, Khordad-3, and Khordad-15.
He pointed out that the medium-altitude targets that were smashed through using the equipment had been assigned for the special purpose of the drills by the country’s Integrated Air Defense Network.
The Iranian Army and the IRGC also practiced electronic warfare and cyber defense by testing their prowess in the respective areas against invasive maneuvers, Rahimzadeh noted.
The units of the Iranian Army's Air Defense Force, the IRGC Aerospace Division, and the Army’s Air Force are taking part in the exercises.
The drill is aimed at boosting the combat preparedness, strengthening deterrent power, evaluating the homegrown air defense systems in countering various threats, full defense against electronic warfare and cyberattacks, improving knowledge and skill of the units and boosting coordination among the Army and the IRGC’s command and control centers.
The participating units are employing combined, indigenous and creative tactics and techniques that would be implemented in proportion to threats.
The use of modern technology is among the leading features of this maneuver.
In a relevant development in June, General Rahimzadeh said that the country’s air defenses work as an integrated network, which provides full protection for Iran’s entire airspace, guaranteeing complete security for all authorized aircraft.
“We have managed to create safe, secure, and calm skies for the aircraft that are allowed to cross the country’s airspace,” the commander added at the time.
Earlier in October, the Iranian Army displayed a new homegrown tactical radar system capable of highly accurate detection of targets, and a long-range simulator used to intercept and track ballistic missiles and a wide range of projectiles and flying objects.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.