Leader Lays Emphasis on Mobility of Air-Defense Systems
News number: 9107132145 14:18 | 2013-01-01
TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and
Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei
wants high mobility for the Iranian air-defense shields, specially for S-200
anti-aircraft missile systems, a senior Iranian air-defense commander said.
Speaking in a ceremony to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the
former commander of the Iranian Air Force Mansour Sayyari here in Tehran on
Tuesday, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General
Farzad Esmayeeli said that the Leader has made the above-mentioned
recommendation during a November 4 meeting with air-defense forces.
Esmayeeli said mobility of air-defense systems was one of the initiatives of
Martyr Sayyari, and stated that Ayatollah Khamenei also laid emphasis on the
same initiative in the meeting and said 'continue this trend and do the same
thing with the S-200 missile system as well'.
The Leader also emphasized improvement of sentinel systems, he added.
In November, Iranian air defense units exercised targeting Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles (UAVs) with S-200 anti-aircraft missile system during their massive
air defense exercises in Eastern Iran, codenamed "Modafe'an-e Aseman-e
Velayat 4 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 4)".
The Islamic Republic Air Defense units hit and destroyed a jet-engine drone
using S-200 missiles.
Iran's S-200 system is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude
surface-to-air missile (SAM) system designed to defend large areas from
bomber attack or other strategic aircrafts.
As regards sentinel devices, Iranian Air Defense forces tested the latest
electronic surveillance and tapping devices, including smart sentinel
equipments during the Defenders of Velayat Skies 4) wargames.
Esmayeeli said at the time that air defense units tested the latest radar
and electronic surveillance devices such as "Rasad 32" and "Sayyad 40"
during the drills.
"In area of (electronic) tapping, a system has been designed by Khatam
ol-Anbia base, dubbed as Sayyad 40, and has been mass produced, and this
system has been deployed in air defense sites," Esmayeeli said.
As regards Rasad 32, Esmayeeli said that the system has been included in the
"Army's integrated air defense network as a smart sentinel system".