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Iran's IRGC tests new missiles in air defense drills

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Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired new missiles in the ongoing air defense drills on Saturday, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The missiles included home-made short-range and medium-range systems, the report said.

The indigenous missile of 3-Khordad, which was test-fired on Saturday, has a range of 75km and can soar to altitudes up to 30 km.

It is capable of engaging in electronic warfare and incorporates the latest cutting-edge technology and scrambling on multiple targets in lower radar cross-section (RCS).

Another tested missile of Tabas has a range of 60 km and soars to the altitude of 30 km. It is designed and manufactured by the IRGC and is highly agile in offensive and defensive positions.

The third one tested was Sayyad-2 missile system which has the same features as Tabas and has been designed by Iranian Ministry of Defense, according to Mehr.

Also, IRGC deployed three radar systems in the drills on Saturday. Ghadir long-range radar system with 3D detecting feature can capture the aerial threats as far as 1100 km away.

Ghadir is capable of detecting stealth drones and other aerial vehicles and can even trace the targets.

Matla'alfajr and Kavosh radar systems are capable of detecting the threats up to 500km and 150km respectively. They can also detect cruise missiles and drones flying in lower altitudes.

The IRGC launched a major air defense drill, dubbed Defenders of Velayat, on Saturday, official IRNA news agency reported.

The military exercise is carried out in the area of 35,000 square kilometers in Semnan region in the central-north of Iran.

The maneuver is aimed at enhancing the preparedness of the IRGC units in the face of threats.

The home-grown radar systems, commandment tactics, as well as control and electronic warfare systems will be put in the test in the exercise, the report said.

Last week, Iran launched a ballistic missile test, which drew a stern warning from Washington. Iran dismissed the U.S. concerns saying that the test was aimed at deterrence purposes.


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