Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Iranian exercises reveal flaws in air defence system

Iran's recent series of air and missile defence exercises have revealed serious flaws in the capabilities of the Islamic Republic to defend its nuclear installations from attack, international experts have told Jane's . The three-phase exercises that ran from 22-27 November were hailed as proof that it would be "impossible for enemy jets to enter [Iranian] territory" by their co-ordinator, Brigadier General Ahmad Mighani, commander of the air force.

This positive spin would seem to obscure some of the critical shortcomings of Iran's ground-based air-defence systems, the age and technical deficiencies of which were clearly visible in photographs released by Iranian state media during and after the tests. Aside from the Russian-made Tor-M1 (SA-15) air-defence system, the entire assembly of Iranian equipment would prove no match for the sophisticated air fleets and electronic warfare systems operated by Israel or the United States, analysts have concluded.

A first-ever test in semi-combat conditions of two important, indigenously manufactured systems reportedly produced a marked operational failure, thereby allowing the attacking aircraft to penetrate the country's defensive shield, according to analysts who spoke to Jane's .


Perhaps that's why they are bagging/threatening the Russians to sell them S300 IADS.

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