TEHRAN -- Iran on Sunday
unveiled the upgraded version of the domestically-designed and manufactured Bavar-373 (Belief-373) surface-to-air missile system, and inaugurated the production line of the long-range Sayad B4 missile.
“Bavar-373 system was initially capable of destroying targets at 200 kilometers and now the upgraded system, aiming to attack targets at very long ranges, ballistic missiles, fighter aircraft, and bombers can destroy targets at 300 kilometers,” Defense Minister Brigadier General Muhammad Reza Ashtiani said during the unveiling ceremony.
The missile system can engage up to six targets at a time and destroy them, he said, stressing that many technologically advanced countries aspire to possess such a system.
In the test, a stationary target was detected at a range of more than 450 kilometers by the optimized radar of the Bavar-373 system. It was tracked at a range of about 405 kilometers and was hit and destroyed at a range of more than 300 kilometers.
The detection range of Bavar-373’s radar was said to have increased from 350 to 450 kilometers, and the range of its engagement has risen from 260 to 400 kilometers.
The missile range has increased from 200 km to 300 km, and its engagement altitude has increased from 27 km to 32 km.
The production line of the Sayad B4 missile was also launched and the long-range missile, running on solid propellant, was operationally evaluated for the first time.
The Bavar-373 system was formally unveiled during a ceremony attended by former president Hassan Rouhani on August 22, 2019.
Iran for the first time employed the homegrown Bavar-373 missile defense system during a joint air defense exercise, codenamed the Guardians of Velayat Sky-99, in late October 2020.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made substantial headway in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
Officials have repeatedly warned that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, saying the Islamic Republic’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.