Tasnim News Agency — Jan 6, 2018
Iran’s Bavar 373 first unveiled in August 2016. Click to enlarge
In an interview with Tasnim on Saturday, Lieutenant Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base General Abolfazl Sepehrirad said the Bavar-373 air defense missile system has gone through all of the initial tests successfully.
He also said that all training courses for operating the Russian-made S-300 system are currently being held inside Iran.
Iran received the S-300 from Russia in July 2016 and installed the missile system a month later.
Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 defense systems, but after its initial refusal to sell the system, Iranian experts began to manufacture a domestic version, known as Bavar-373.
The Iranian system which has been under development since 2012 reportedly uses three different missiles against targets at different altitudes and ranges.
According to one senior Iranian Air Defence commander the Iranian system is superior to the Russian S-300, which was once considered a “game-changer” air defence system. However, given that the last S-300 system was last updated over a decade ago and has now been replaced by the S-400, it’s quite possible that the Bavar-373 is indeed superior to the now aging S-300.
Apart from using different missiles for targets at different altitudes and ranges, the Bavar-373 is also thought to employ the Meraj (Ascension) phased array radar with range of 450 km, which can track up to 200 targets simultaneously.
Once it becomes operational the Bavar-373 will be Iran’ s premier air defence system. Backed by the S-300 and an array of other locally developed and Russian weapons, Iran air defences could well be strong enough to fend-off even an all-out Western air campaign, such as was used to open the 2003 Iraq invasion.