03.09.2012 TEHRAN (FNA)
Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said that Iran is producing the indigenous version of the sophisticated S-300 air defense system, adding that the country has already completed one-third of the project.
Speaking to reporters on the occasion of the National Day of Air Defense here in Tehran on Monday, Esmayeeli said that Iran has already completed 30% of the missile system's production project, dubbed as Bavar (Belief) 373, and expressed the hope that Iran would complete the system by the end of this Iranian year (March 2013) or the next year.
"We are through with developing the threat-detection capability of the system and its sensitive parts have been manufactured in Iran," Esmayeeli said, and added, "We have no problem for supplying the missiles needed for this system."
In November last year, Esmayeeli had announced that Bavar (Belief) 373 is even more powerful and more advanced than the Russian S-300.
"With this powerful system in our hand, we would not think of S-300 anymore," Esmayeeli stated at the time.
"Bavar 373 system is an important and completely indigenous achievement that can be a powerful rival for S-300," the commander reiterated.