November 9, Iranian Defense Minister Hussein Dehkan (Hossein Dehqan) took part in the opening ceremony for the production of industrial band missile defense system «Sayyad-2» (Sayyad-2, or «Hunter 2», pictured), reports New Straits Times.
«To counter air attack, we began to create a system of» Sayyad-2. This solid-propellant missile capable of destroying various types of cruise missiles, bombers, drones and helicopters, «said the head of the military department of the Municipal Iranian television that aired footage system commissioning.
Minister did not specify the firing range of the system, the first test launch which was held in 2011. SAM is an improved modification «Sayyad-1», created to hit targets, hovering at medium altitudes.
In September, the Iranian military showed BR with a range of 2,000 km (1,250 km), which theoretically can affect Israeli and South American military facilities in the region. In his speech at the parade in honor of the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War 1980-88’s President Hassan Rouhani (Hassan Rouhani) insisted that it was purely defensive weapon temper. West and Israel suspect that Tehran seeks to make a nuclear weapon. Sworn enemies of Iran — the U.S. and Israel — not exclude strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities.
In 2007, Iran signed a contract with Russia for the purchase of missiles class «air-land» that can affect aircraft and missiles in the amount of 800 million U.S. dollars (referred to on the contract for the supply of S-300 — ca. «VP»). But in 2010, under strong pressure from the U.S. and Israel’s then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has terminated the contract, which caused strong protests from Tehran.
Demonstration of the latest missile defense system against the backdrop of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear dilemma in Geneva. Senior diplomats said on progress in these negotiations, but did not express any belief in reaching final consensus.