|Iran upgrading S-200 air defense system||
TEHRAN – The commander of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base has announced that Iran is upgrading the S-200 long-range surface-to-air missile system.
In an interview with the Persian service of the Fars News Agency published on Friday, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili also said that after the upgrade of the missile system, it will be renamed because the system will undergo systemic and structural modifications and will be used as a medium-to-high altitude missile system.
“With the changes being made to this system by our experts, the S-200 will be able to deal with threats at medium altitudes in addition to (threats) at high altitudes,” he explained.
He added that the changes will eliminate the need to use medium-altitude missile systems, such as the Ra’d (Thunder) air defense system, in the areas where the upgraded S-200 will be deployed.
On September 3, Esmaeili said that Iran was building a missile system which is more advanced than the Russian S-300 missile system.
He also said at the time that the missile system, named the Bavar 373 (Belief 373), would be a replacement for the S-300 missile system.
Russia signed a deal to deliver five batteries of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems to Iran in 2007 but cancelled the sale in September 2010, claiming the systems, along with a number of other weapons, were covered by the fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.
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