1232 GMT September 18, 2019
“Upgrade your preparedness and options constantly for countering all types of threats,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with top commanders and officials of Iran's Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base in Tehran on Tuesday, Press TV reported.
The Leader hailed efforts by commanders and staff of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, saying they have to identify the enemy’s "vulnerable points" and devise plans for dealing with them.
The Leader also urged air defense commanders to communicate and exchange views with scientific and military organs.
“You should increase and diversify your options in the face of various threats,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He further called on the Armed Forces’ authorities to “appreciate” Iranian people’s trust in officials and “reciprocate it by fulfilling their duties.”
Speaking prior to Ayatollah Khamenei’s remark, the commander of Iran's Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, expressed the base’s full readiness to implement the Leader’s guidelines.
Radar systems unveiled
Earlier on the day, two domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art radar systems capable of detecting stealth targets at high altitudes, dubbed Nazir and Bina, were unveiled in a ceremony attended by Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili.
Nazir is a long-range radar system that can detect and track hostile aerial targets within a radius of 800 kilometers at an estimated altitude of 100,000 feet, while Bina uses three-dimensional (3-D) technology to detect radar-evading targets. It can also be used to deter electronic warfare.
The two radar systems have been deployed in mountainous and plain areas in the southeastern parts of Iran.
Speaking on the sidelines of the unveiling ceremony, Esmaili said the systems are “unique” in the region and the world.
The Iranian commander said the advanced radar systems are “multi-board” and can detect wide-body military aircraft, stealth targets and small flying objects at high altitudes.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and reached self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.