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Introduction — Aug 24, 2017

Iran’s Bavar 373 first unveiled in August 2016. Click to enlarge

Various Iranian spokesmen have repeatedly claimed that the Bavar-373 is “more advanced” than the Russian S-300, which was once considered something of a “game-changer” in terms of strategic value.
Of course the Russian S-300, although still a potent weapons system, originated decades back and has since been superseded by Russia’s S-400. So Iran may not be exaggerating when it claims that the Bavar-373 will be more advanced than the S-300, given that the first S-300s were deployed by the Soviet Union in 1979.
Of course the more recent versions of the S-300, such as the S-300PMU2 system that was delivered to Iran earlier in 2016, are far more capable. Put them together with the Bavar-373 and Tehran’s increasingly sophisticated radars and you have an air defence network that will deter even the most technologically advanced aggressors. Like Israel and the U.S.
In fact Iran’s two prime antagonists already appear to be avoiding direct military confrontation. Once upon a time the U.S. and Israel repeatedly claimed that “all options were on the table” to deal with Iran. The implication being that they would resort to military force if deemed necessary.
It never happened. The best that they could come up in recent years was proxy terror attacks in Tehran, sabotage and cyber attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.
When Israeli drones did try to penetrate Iranian airspace they were shot down. When the U.S. flew its RQ-170 into Iranian airspace Iran took revenge. It took control of the drone, landed it, copied the technology and produced an Iranian version of what had been until then America’s most advanced drone.
That’s why we no longer hear the U.S. and Israel talk about “all options” regarding Iran. When the Bavar-373 enters mass production in the next 6 to 12 that phrase, and all it implies, will be consigned to the history books. As will any ambitions the U.S. and Israel may have had for air strikes on Iran. Ed.
Iran's Bavar 373 unveiled in August 2016. Click to enlarge

Iran’s Bavar 373 unveiled in August 2016. Click to enlarge

Development of Iran’s Advanced Missile System in Final Stages: Defense Minister

Tasnim News Agency — Aug 22, 2017

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, who has recently won a vote of confidence from the parliament, said the development of the homegrown long-range air defense missile system dubbed “Bavar-373” is in its final stages.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Brigadier General Hatami pointed to the progress of the state-of-the-art missile system and said, the Bavar-373 is currently in its final stages and will become operational in due time.

He further emphasized that the project will be definitely completed in the near future.

Last month, Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili announced that the domestically-made missile system will be added to the country’s integrated air defense network in the next Iranian year.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

Tehran has always assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.


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