Iran's Optimized S-200 Air Defense System Goes on Display in Military Parades
The Iranian Armed Forces displayed an optimized version of the Russian-made S-200 long-range air defense system during the military parades in Tehran today.
The S-200 systems were displayed along with other air-defense systems, missiles and radars in the annual September 21 parades, marking the start of the Week of Sacred Defense, commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.
The ceremony took place at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, in Southern Tehran.
Earlier this month, a senior Iranian air defense official announced that they are mounting new types of missiles on S-200 anti-aircraft missile system.
Speaking to reporters on the occasion of the National Day of Air Defense, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said that Iran has optimized the capabilities of the Russian-made S-200 systems.
"The system has been optimized in detection fields and electronic warfare," Esmayeeli said, adding, "Two new types of missiles will be mounted onto the system."
Iran's S-200 system is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile (SAM) system designed to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircrafts. Each battalion has 6 single-rail missile launchers and fire control radar. It can be linked to other, longer-range radar systems.
Each missile is launched by 4 solid-fueled strap-on rocket boosters. Maximum range is between 200 and 350km depending on the model. The missile uses radio illumination mid-course correction to fly towards the target with a terminal semi active radar homing phase.