Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has officially put into service a domestically developed long-range radar system capable of detecting stealth aircraft.
The advanced radar system, named Ghadir, was unveiled in a ceremony attended by military top brass, including Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili on Monday.
The state-of-the art radar system uses three-dimensional (3-D) technology to detect airborne targets, including radar-evading aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, and satellites in low Earth orbits.
The system was first unveiled during the Great Prophet 6 military drills in 2011. It was later mass produced by the IRGC’s Aerospace Division and underwent several tests in recent months
The Phased Array radar can monitor targets within a radius of 1,100 kilometers at a maximum 300-km altitude.
In November 2013, Iranian navy unveiled an indigenous state-of-the-art array radar system, dubbed Asr (Age), which can detect long-distance targets.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.
Despite its great defense achievements, the Islamic Republic has repeatedly said its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.