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Iran Test-Fires Highly Advanced Air Defense Shield

24.09.2012

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Crops (IRGC) successfully test-fired the home-made Ra'd air defense missile shield on Monday.

A report aired by Iran's state-run TV on Monday evening showed footages of the test-fire during a military exercise by the IRGC Aerospace force.

The footages showed that the missiles, Ta'er (bird), fired by the Ra'd defense system hit a flying target and destroyed it completely.

The IRGC displayed the highly advanced air defense shield during military parades in Tehran on Friday.

According to IRGC Air Defense Unit, the highly-advanced home-made Ra'd (Thunder) air defense system is equipped with 'Taer' (Bird) missiles, which can trace and hit targets 50km in distance and 75,000f in altitude.

Following the parades, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told FNA that the Ra'd air defense system has been developed to target aggressive US planes.

"The system has been built in a bid to confront US aircraft and can hit targets 50km in distance and 75,000 feet in altitude," Hajizadeh said.

The production and use of the system can boost Iran's air-defense capabilities in various fields, officials said earlier this month.

IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari had informed last week that his forces had started the production of the Ra'd system.

"The Ra'd air-defense system, which is more advanced than the Buckeye system has recently been developed and is now being mass-produced," Jafari told reporters in a press conference last Sunday.

"Ra'd is ranked as a mid-range radar system," the General said, and continued, "The air-defense system will boost the Islamic Republic's ability to counter aerial threats."

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9106242054

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