0930 GMT November 21, 2019
Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan made the remarks on Tuesday, observing the country’s defense achievements at Khatam ul-Anbiya Air Defense Base, Press TV reported.
“The strategic S-300 system has been provided to the air defense sector,” he said.
Last month, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said Tehran and Moscow had begun implementing a contract on the delivery of the Russian defense systems to the Islamic Republic.
Under the previous contract signed in 2007, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 defense system batteries.
But the contract, worth more than $800 million, was revoked after Dmitry Medvedev, then president, banned the supply of those systems to Tehran in 2010.
Later, Iran lodged a $4 billion lawsuit at an international court in Geneva against Russia’s arms export agency.
However, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided in last April to lift the ban on the S-300 missile system delivery to Iran.
Bavar 373 project underway
The Iranian defense chief said the country is in the final stages of manufacturing an indigenous long-range air defense system known as “Bavar (Belief) 373.”
“The system, which can be used to confront ballistic and cruise missiles, drones, and warplanes, will be manufactured and put on the production line this year,” Dehqan said.
He added that the system can simultaneously engage several targets.
The Islamic Republic maintains that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.
On Monday, the Iranian defense minister dismissed an earlier report that the country has recently test-fired a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers.
“We have had no missile test with a range published in media,” Dehqan said.
Tasnim News Agency had earlier on Monday quoted Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi as saying that, “Two weeks ago, we tested a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and an error margin of eight meters.”
Dehqan also slammed propaganda campaign spearheaded by the US and Saudi Arabia against Iran’s defense power and its missile tests.
“The Americans and the Saudis are trying to spread a climate of turmoil and tension in the region and have put so-called Iranophobia top on their agenda and attribute any event to this issue,” he said.