Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Commander, Farzad Esmayeeli, announced that future wars will not be like the Iran-Iraq War, but may involve serious and extensive electronic warfare. “Therefore, we needed to have our detection and identification systems equipped with different frequency bands.” Esmaili emphasized that approximately 250 Iranian scientists and researchers are working together and helping the Air Defense Base command. Esmaili further stated that if other countries have state-of-the-art technologies and complex systems, Iran might not be able to achieve the same level of advancement and complexity due to sanctions and threats, but it has made progress in its existential systems to such a degree that it can subdue the enemy. Esmaili discussed regional and foreign threats against Iran, claiming that the underlying reason for these threats is the enemy’s opposition to Iran’s Islamic nature and independence. He further emphasized the air defense establishment’s preparedness against threats is only part of Iran’s defense doctrine and that Iran is prepared to face these threats based on their size. In his statements on a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Esmaili stated, “We promise that if our nuclear facilities are attacked, the enemy will not be left alive.” In September, the IRGC started mass-production of the Ra’d (Thunder) air-defense radar system, in ranges up to 50 km and altitudes of 25 to 27 km. In May 2012, IRGC Aerospace Commander, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that Iran is mass-producing Ghadir Radar systems which cover areas of over 1,000 km.
Source: Iran Daily Brief