Officials said the month-long exercise would be based in Mehr and begin
on Sept. 22, Middle East Newsline reported. They said the command would test indigenous anti-aircraft
"We build whatever we want inside the country. and the production of
long-range air defense system in Iran is already on the agenda of the
Defense Ministry," Iranian Defense Minister Ahmed Vahidi said.
Officials said Iran has developed sufficient air defense capability to
end its dependency on foreign systems. They cited the Russian-origin S-300
long-range air defense system, a nearly $1 billion contract held up by
Moscow for the last 18 months.
"We will produce such systems in the near future," Miqani said.
Officials said Iran has focused on the development of medium- and
long-range systems, including the Mesbah. They said some of the prototypes
were capable of intercepting and destroying cruise missiles.
"The air defense systems' operational speed and range have been promoted
thanks to the attempts made by our country's experts," Gen. Reza Taheri, a
senior commander, said. "We are witnessing a
leap in technology compared to previous systems."