TEHRAN, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran has successfully test-fired its latest air-defense missile system dubbed Sayyad-2, local semi- official Fars News Agency reported on Saturday.
Sayyad-2 air-defense system has been tested recently and will be unveiled in the near future, Lieutenant Commander of Khatamolanbia Air Defense Base Colonel Abolfazl Farahini was quoted as saying.
The commander said the hawk systems optimized by the Iranian experts have undergone warm-testing at Khondab nuclear facility near the central city of Arak and successfully hit their targets, stressing that the test was aimed at assessing the level of preparedness of Iran's defense systems deployed to defend Iran's sensitive nuclear facilities.
Its previous version Sayyad-1, which Iran had unveiled earlier, is a two-staged surface to air missile. Equipped with a 200- kilogram warhead and with a speed of 1,200 meters per second, it can not only be deployed to destroy the targets with low Radar Cross Section (RCS) at low and medium altitudes, but also be used in electronic warfare.
Sayyad-2 is an upgraded version and enjoys higher precision, range and destruction power than its previous version, FNA reported.
Iran has made considerable progress in the past decades over the development of medium and long-range missiles, and Teheran has reiterated that its missile capability is "a defensive tool against invasions."
In February, Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that Iran has put smart ballistic missiles with three-fold ultrasound speed in mass production, but without elaborating further details and the type of the missiles.