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Iran Changes Features of S-200 Missile System, Makes Defense Shield Mobile

Politics - Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced on Monday that Iran has optimized the Russian-made S-200 long-range air defense missile system and added mobility to its previous features.

"Good measures have been adopted in this regard. We have given mobility to the S-200 missile system, the same plan to give mobility to all artillery and missile systems is on the agenda of the Air Defense Force," Esmayeeli said in Tehran today.

He explained that the mobility feature has been added to the S-200 and other anti-air defense systems in a bid to increase agility of air defense systems of the country.

Esmayeeli said that the fire power of the optimized S-200 missile shield has increased and it is also capable of pinpoint targeting now, adding that the new features have proved successful in different tests.

He further mentioned that the optimized version of the S-200 missile defense shield would be unveiled in the next 9 months.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Esmayeeli announced that Iran has managed to sharply reduce the S-200's time span from detection to firing at a target.

"The detection-firing-tracing time in S-200 system has been reduced to the least possible," Esmayeeli told FNA, adding that the system works online and in real-time.

"In the missile part of the system, we should say that S-200 is no more used just against strategic and collective targets, rather it can now be used for pinpoint targeting and can be guided to a very specific point," he added.

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 350 km 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.

 

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