Iran Deploys Indigenous Version of Russian S-300...
After the Russians reneged on their contract to provide the S-300 system to Iran, our professionals designed and built a long-range missile system with the capabilities of the S-300.
OE Watch Commentary: The Iranian government has long sought to acquire the Russian S-300, perhaps Russia’s premier antiaircraft missile system. In 2007 Iran agreed to purchase the S-300 for $800 million, but under tremendous diplomatic pressure by the United States and other countries, Moscow suspended the sale in 2010, citing United Nations sanctions. Tehran responded by filing a $4 billion suit against Russian arms export firm Rosoboronexport in Geneva’s International Court of Arbitration. But while the lawsuit remains a minor thorn in otherwise warm relations between Moscow and Tehran, the Iranian government has moved to achieve the same air defense capability by constructing its own indigenous system. It is in this context that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has announced a successful test of its Bavar-373, which it openly acknowledges is modeled after the S-300. Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili told the Iranian state-run TV that Bavar-373 had fired a first shot. Esmaili previously claimed that the Bavar-373 would surpass the S-300 in its mobility and air defense capabilities. Such claims may be typical Iranian hyperbole, but Iran invests significantly in its defense industries and Iranian engineers have become increasingly more adept in missile development. The importance of the Iranian deployment of the Bavar-373, if the report excerpted here is accurate, is that many analysts argued that Israel or other regional countries might consider imminent deployment of an air defense system with the S-300’s capabilities as a trigger to air strikes against Iran’s nuclear program. End OE Watch Commentary (Rubin)
Source: “Shomaresh Baraye Ma’akos ‘Amaliyati Shodan Bavar’,” (“Countdown to the ‘Bavar’ Becoming Operational”) Fars News.com, 29 August 2014. http://www.farsnews.com/printable.php?nn=13930607000084
Bavar-373 Becomes Operational
The first pictures of the long-range defensive missile system Bavar (Belief)-373 were released. This is the first time that photos of the Iranian version of the Russian S-300 have been published, and it presents a message to the world that about the self-sufficiency and empowerment of the armed forces and that they can protect the country’s skies. After the Russians reneged on their contract to provide the S-300 system to Iran, our professionals designed and built a long-range missile system with the capabilities of the S-300… In an interview with Fars News, the commander of the Air Defense Command… the construction of the system by the end of the five year plan was announced, and he said, “We hope that with this program, we will have a very good and capable S-300 for our air defense.”