Last Sunday, Iran released the first pictures of its independently built missile defense system, according to a French news outlet. The defense system was developed when the international sanctions were imposed on the country. According to the Iranian news outlet that first published the photos, President Hassan Rouhani and Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan unveiled the new Bavar 373 missile defense system.
The defense system is designed to intercept cruise missiles, drones, fighter aircraft and ballistic missiles. According to the news report, the Bavar 373 is equivalent to the missile defense system that Iran is in the process of receiving from Russia, the S-300 system. The Iranian system was developed when the international community halted the delivery of the Russian missiles to Iran in 2010.
“We didn’t intend to manufacture an Iranian version of the S-300, we intended to create an Iranian missile defense system and this is what we built,” said Dehghan to an Iranian news agency. According to Rouhani, the defense budget this year is double that of the previous year. “If we can now meet with the world powers at the negotiations table, it is only because of the strength of our nation and our unity,” stated the Iranian President.