Air defense top priority of Iran’s Armed Forces: Top General

Air defense top priority of Iran’s Armed Forces: Top General
Sat Sep 2, 2017 14:13:03

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces described plans to boost the country’s air defense capabilities as the number one priority, saying the significant progress in that sphere has turned Iran’s airspace into one of the safest in the turbulent Middle East region.

(tasnim) -- Building up air defense capabilities has been the main priority for the Iranian Armed Forces since a couple of years ago, given the fact that aerial and missile offensives still seem a probability, though pretty low, in case of any military action against Iran, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said on Saturday.

Iran has carried out extensive work on the research into and production of advanced air defense systems to counter the threats, the top commander told reporters on the sidelines of a military exhibition in Tehran.

Describing Iran’s airspace as one of the safest in the volatile Southwest Asian region, the general said such a high level of security has encouraged many countries to fly their planes through the Iranian airspace.

In comments on August 29, the new Iranian defense minister also stressed the need for a qualitative and quantitative boost to the country’s air defense capabilities.

Iran needs to strengthen its air defense power in terms of quality and quantity at the low, medium and high altitudes, Brigadier General Amir Hatami said.

Last week, Iran’s Air Defense unveiled four homegrown systems for civil and military applications.

The four systems, dubbed Sama, Samee’, Baseer, and Samet-1, are used for detecting aerial targets, controlling air traffic, and transferring data.

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