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Report: Iranian drill aims to explore S-300 alternatives
Iranian strategic expert says air force exercise planned for October will see Tehran test its new air defense system

Iran plans to use military maneuvers planned for October to test an anti-aircraft missile system, meant to serve as an alternative to Russia's S-300 missiles, an Iranian strategic affairs expert said Monday.

 

Amir Mousavi, head of Tehran's Center Of Strategic Research, said that Iran will also test its new drone during next month's exercise.

 

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His statement has not been corroborated by any official Iranian source.

 

In an interview with Iran's Arabic-language TV station Al-Alam Mousavi said that "Russia has so far refrained from supplying Iran with S-300 missiles, but Iran will fill that void with domestically-produced advanced defense systems, in order to deal with possible attacks."

 

Back in 2011, Tehran announced that following the failed S-300 negotiations with Russia, it will pursue the development of its own long-range air defense system, dubbed "Bavar 373."

 

Iran blamed the West for torpedoing the deal with Russia.

 

Bavar 373 is considered a highly sophisticated air defense system, which could seriously impeded the West's ability to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

 

Mousavi stressed that "This exercise doesn’t pose a threat to any country in the region. These kinds of drills are defensive in nature and are meant to simulate an aerial assault on Iran. Every country has the right to protect its interests."

 

Mousavi stressed that "This exercise doesn’t pose a threat to any country in the region. These kinds of drills are defensive in nature and are meant to simulate an aerial assault on Iran. Every country has the right to protect its interests."

 

On Sunday, Iran's Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Eslami said that Tehran's defense industries were equipping combat drones with missile systems.

 

According to the report, this will be Iran's first long-range unmanned combat air vehicle and it can bomb targets at high speed and has a range of 1,000 kilometers.

 

 

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