Iran to Launch New Missile Defense System
A new mid- and long-range missile defense system will be unveiled on September 22.
OE Watch Commentary: Even as Iranian and Western diplomats continue negotiations to resolve Western suspicions regarding Iran’s nuclear program, the Iranian government appears determined to advance its military, with a focus on ballistic missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and now, according to the article from Iran’s defense press service excerpted here, anti-ballistic missile defense. The backdrop for such discussion was the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a war which highlighted the success of Israel’s “Iron Dome” anti-missile system. While it is doubtful that the Islamic Republic will be able to unveil as advanced a system in the short-term, Iranian Air Defense Force Commander General Farzad Esmaili’s promise to reveal the new system on September 22 (the last day of the Iranian month of Shahrivar) suggests that Iranian work on anti-missile technologies is already well advanced.
Should Iran deploy a successful anti-missile system, it could have regional implications: if Iranian authorities feel themselves immune to effective retaliation by regional states or outside powers, then some of the more ideologically inclined Iranian officials might advocate a more aggressive regional policy. Regardless, Iranian missile and missile defense advancements suggest that even should there be a diplomatic resolution to questions regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s increasing military power and capabilities will continue to challenge the West , including U.S. regional interests. End OE Watch Commentary (Rubin)
Source: “Ravanma-ye Samaneha-ye Jadid Mushaki Pedafand Havaye dar 31 Shahrivar” (“Iran to Launch New Missile Defense System on 22 September”), Defapress.ir, 6 August 2014. http://www.defapress.ir/Fa/News/24634
Iran to Launch New Missile Defense System
According to the Defense Press correspondent, Gen. Farzad Esmaili this morning stated to young defense personnel at the 5th Annual Army Festival, referring to air defense developments, that a new mid- and long-range missile defense system will be unveiled on September 22. The commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Headquarters said we have made improvements to several of our ballistic missiles and several other missiles have been produced this year. He continued to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the most secure country in the Middle East region, and said, that’s why the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thanked us…. In answer to a question from the Defense Press correspondent about the defensive systems of the country and specifically about dealing with a possible invasion by hostile UAVs, Gen. Esmaili said, for this issue we have the necessary budget and funds for UAVs and aircraft and choppers, and so we would take necessary action against enemy aggressors, and so in due time we will use these accomplishments on the battlefield.