0742 GMT February 29, 2020
A spokesman for Iran’s Navy said on Thursday that the L-band radar system, capable of detecting both aerial and surface threats at the same time, was successfully tested in waters near Konarak Port, southeast Iran, Press TV reported.
“This radar was installed on one of the coastal stations during the drill and proved its capabilities,” Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi said, adding that the sophisticated system is a product of Iran’s defense industry.
He said the system is suitable for electronic warfare and that the Iranian Navy will be able to create a "network of radar sensors" courtesy of the L-band radar technology.
Mousavi said the range of the radar system is about 150 kilometers, which is planned to be raised to 400 kilometers.
Cruise missile 'Noor' test-fired
The navy also test-fired several coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea cruise missiles named “Noor” (Light) with a range of 150 km during the drill, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Iran’s Navy started its annual military exercises, this year dubbed “Velayat 94”, on Wednesday. The four-day maneuvers are under way across a large swath of territorial waters and high seas in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Indian Ocean.
The naval drills cover an area of around 3 million square kilometers, down to the 10-degrees latitude, north of the Indian Ocean.
The navy chief, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said at the onset of the military exercise that its main mission would be to show to “the people of the entire world the Islamic Republic of Iran’s competence and authority in establishing security and defending the country’s maritime borders across seas, especially in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, and northern Indian Ocean.”
In the first days of the drills, which covered its tactical stage, the Iranian naval forces simulated the interception of invaders.