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15:12 - 2010-11-20

Iran Test-Fires S-200 Air Defense Missiles

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The S-200 system is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile (SAM) system
The S-200 missile system has been designed to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircraft
Iran successfully test-fired the sophisticated S-200 air defense missile system in countrywide military exercises
Iran test-fires S-200 air defense missile system in a series of military exercises codenamed 'Defenders of the Sky of Vellayat III'
The massive drills which started on Tuesday aim to boost the air defense capabilities of the Iranian Armed Forces
Different air defense systems, including the sophisticated S-200 missiles, were successfully tested during Vellayat III military exercises
A senior Iranian military commander announced last week that the country will unveil a new generation of long-range S-200 air defense missile system by February
Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes
Each S-200 battalion has 6 single-rail missile launchers and fire control radar
The radar system of S-200 air defense system can be linked to other, longer-range radar systems
Air defense units of the Iranian Armed Forces target hypothetical enemy planes by different types of anti-aircraft missile systems, including the long-rang S-200 system, in a show of military might