Iran on Saturday unveiled a new short-range radar system, named “Matla al-Fajr 3”, that traces targets 500km in range, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
“The radar system monitors, discovers and traces two-dimensional flying objects in ranges up to 500km,” Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in a ceremony during which another radar system named Meraj 4 and two Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) systems were also unveiled in the Southern province of Fars.
He said that the Meraj 4 is a ground-based radar system that monitors, discovers and traces three-dimensional objects in long-range and issues early alarm.
“The system is equipped with the state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems and a command room and is capable of discovering and tracing 200 targets simultaneously,” General Dehqan said.
He added that the DME system is also a transponder-based radio navigation technology which is used in the civilian airports for the ground station's contact with the pilot.
Iran says it became self-sufficient in area of designing and manufacturing different short, mid and long-range radar systems long time ago. The long-range Iranian radar systems cover flying objects to a maximum range of 3,000km.
Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced in August that the country's Armed Forces put into operation the home-made “Nazir” radar system with the capability of detecting radar-evading targets and fighting against electronic warfare.
“Nazir radar system was put into operation and from now on, no radar-evading flying object can enter the Islamic Iran's skies without permission,” General Esmayeeli said.
“The radar is special to detecting the small flying objects and MQ1, RQ4 and U2 aircrafts and can easily detect and trace ballistic and cruise missiles and most importantly, the radar-evading aircraft,” he added.
In September 2015, Iran unveiled the two home-made radar systems of Nazir and Bina.
Nazir is a long-range and high-precision radar system which is highly capable of detecting targets in low radar cross section and is resistant to radar evading and anti-radar missiles.
The radar can detect all radar-evading targets and is capable of fighting electronic warfare.
Nazir and Bina radar systems have been mounted in the mountainous and plain regions in Southeastern Iran.
Elaborating on the specifications of the two radar systems at the time, Brigadier General Esmayeeli said that they are fully home-made and unique in the region and the world.
“The radars have been designed in different frequencies and with jump frequency and also in (special) bands which cannot be heard by the enemies,” he noted.
Esmayeeli explained about other features of the radar systems, and said they are multi-range radars, meaning that they can detect wide-body and stealth targets as well as small planes, including drones, in long distances before they can approach Iranian borders.
He expressed the hope that the two radar systems would be mass-produced within one year.