Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Iran's S-200 and Hawk SAM Systems

Top to bottom:
- S-200 surface-to-air missile (SAM) in flight
- S-200 on transport at the 2007 Military Day Parade (Ghareh upgraded SAM with range of 315 km)
- Hawk surface-to-air missile (SAM) test launch
- Hawks on transport at the 2008 Military Day Parade


Unknown said...

the HAWK is originaly made in the states.... in order for iran operate hawks, i beleive they have found a way to reverse engineer the whole system and now the are producing it on a small scale, since no one has hear of a mass production.... at least i wish they do.

Anonymous said...

Actually Iran just announced the mass production of the improved HAWK with a longer range and better electronics.

Iran introduces new medium-range Mersad SAM system

Iran says its first domestically-built air defense system, which is said to be more powerful than the US-made Hawk missile, is ready to become operational.

Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Sunday that the anti-aircraft missile, dubbed Mersad (Ambush), features cutting-edge technology that makes it able to “destroy modern aircrafts at low and medium altitudes.”

Mersad is also equipped with sophisticated radar signal processing technology, an advanced launcher, and contains exclusive electronic equipment for guidance and target acquisition. The range is classified but estimated to be in excess of 35 kms.

“The state-of-the-art technology used in Mersad links it to other anti-aircraft batteries and provides it with the unique ability to combat electronic warfare," he continued, adding that the dynamic system features capabilities that are superior than those in the US-made Hawk missile, which Iran purchased in the 1970s.

Vahidi announced that the country has begun mass-production of the medium-range missile and plans to deliver a sizeable number to the armed forces by the end of the year.

The production of Mersad, according to Vahidi, marks a technical breakthrough in Iran's defense capabilities and proves that the country's armed forces have achieved high levels of self-sufficiency.