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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Commander: Iran Testing Subsystems of Home-Made S-300 Air-Defense System

Commander: Iran Testing Subsystems of Home-Made S-300 Air-Defense System
News number: 9107132189 15:37 | 2013-01-01
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107132189

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior military officials announced on Tuesday that Iran is
now testing the subsystems of Bavar (Belief) 373 missile defense system -
the Iranian version of the sophisticated S-300 long-range air-defense
missile system.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony here in Tehran on
Tuesday, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General
Farzad Esmayeeli said "laboratory tests" are underway on subsystems of the
long-range Bavar 373 air-defense system.

"We are in good status in this regards and the Defense Ministry and Khatam
ol-Anbia base are pursuing the project," Esmayeeli continued.

Late in September 2012, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad
Vahidi announced that his ministry would soon release sensitive information
about the production of the indigenous version of the sophisticated S-300
air defense system which is currently underway in Iran.

"The works pertaining to the designing and building of the (S-300) system
are underway and the relevant information will be released soon,
God-willing," Vahidi told reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting
here in Tehran at the time.

Also in September, Esmayeeli had said that Iran has already completed
one-third of the project.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion of the National Day of Air Defense
here in Tehran at the time, Esmayeeli said that Iran has already completed
30% of the missile system's production project, and expressed the hope that
Iran would complete the system by the end of this Iranian year (March 2013)
or the next year.

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