TEHRAN – A senior Iranian military commander has said that the Islamic Republic will soon unveil an indigenous radar system, which is capable of detecting stealth aircraft, Iranian media reported on Monday.
Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defence Base, said that a radar system special to detecting stealth aircraft, which has been developed by young and specialist [Iranian] forces despite conditions caused by (US-backed) sanctions, would be used to counter stealth aircraft.
The Press TV reported the radar system would be unveiled on September 1 which marks the establishment anniversary of the defence base. In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defence sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.
Last December, Iran reported an indigenously designed and manufactured radar system named Arash. The radar system has a very long range and complements Iran’s radar capability in VHF, UHF and HF frequency bands. It also boosts the country’s integrated defence system in electronic wars.
In November 2013, the Iranian Navy also reported a phased array radar system, dubbed the Asr (era), which is capable of detecting targets with a surface area of around four square meters at distances as far as 110 miles. It can also spot cruise missiles.