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News number: 9107118932

13:47 | 2012-11-13

Defence

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Iran to Unveil New Missile Systems in Air Defense Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said his forces will unveil and test new home-made missile systems during the air defense wargames underway in Eastern and Southeastern Iran.



The Air Defense units of the Iranian Armed Forces started massive exercises, codenamed "Modafe'an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 4)", on Monday.

The military exercises are underway in an area of more than 850,000 square kilometers to display the full strength and preparedness of Iran's air defense forces to defend the Islamic Republic's Eastern borders.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the wargames on Tuesday, Esmayeeli said "Qader (Mighty) and Ya Zahra-III missile systems" will be unveiled in the drills.

As regards the specifications of home-made Ya Zahra system, Esmayeeli said, "This low-altitude missile system has been designed and produced in a short period of time based on domestic needs. Ya Zahra missile system's capabilities include deployment under all types of weather conditions and on different lands as well as its mobility."

Lieutenant Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base General Shahrokh Shahram, who is also the spokesman of the drills, said on Sunday that the operating units will exercise defending hypothetical sensitive sites.

In addition to testing mobility and rapid reaction capability of participating units, the air defense units will test artillery and missile systems' capabilities for confronting different types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flying in different altitudes.