Source: Mehr News Agency; photos by Vahid-Reza Alaei
Iran's first advanced air defense system
Iran's first advanced anti-aircraft system has
become operational, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on Sunday. The
Mersad air defense system is capable of hitting modern aircraft flying at low
and medium altitudes, Vahidi told reporters.
The Mersad system will use Iran's domestically
manufactured Shahin missiles, which Vahidi said are even more advanced than the
1970s-era U.S.-manufactured Hawk missiles.
The Hawk missile has a range of 15 miles with a 119-pound warhead.
The Mersad system is also equipped with
sophisticated radar signal processing technology, an advanced launcher, and
electronic equipment for guidance and target acquisition, Vahidi said.
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi (center)
Iran has begun mass production of Shahin missiles
and a sizeable number of them will be delivered to the country's armed forces in
the near future, the defense minister added.
The Mersad air defense system marks a milestone
in Iran's aerospace industry and it shows the country's armed forces have
achieved a high level of self-sufficiency in the defense industry, he observed.
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