Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said IRGC's Ghadir phased-array radar system enjoys state-of-the-art technology.
"Discovering and tracking micro aerial vehicles (MAV) … is one of the special qualities of Ghadir radar system which enjoys the world cutting edge technology," Brigadier General Esmayeeli said, addressing the unveiling ceremony at IRGC's Air Defense Site in the city of Ahwaz in the bordering province of Khuzestan in Southwestern Iran on Saturday.
He noted that Ghadir radar system has been fully designed and manufactured by experts of the Self-Sufficiency Jihad Department of the IRGC Aerospace Force at a cost one fifth of its foreign rivals.
Brigadier General Esmayeeli pointed to the high capability of the IRGC's radar system in electronic warfare, and said, "Ghadir radar system uses wave types the tracking of which would be very difficult for the enemy."
He noted that another quality of the radar system is that it can easily track all targets in different ranges by calculating range and angle of the flying objects.
Brigadier General Esmayeeli reiterated that air defense systems play an important role by providing security and tranquility for the civilian population, and said, "It is for the same capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) lays emphasis on the safety of Iranian sky."
The IRGC deployed its Ghadir phased-array radar system in Ahwaz today.
The Ghadir radar system is capable of discovering and tracking planes from a 600-kilometer and Ballistic missiles from a 1,100-kilometer distance and an altitude of 100 kilometers.
Brigadier General Esmayeeli and a number of other Iranian Armed Forces commanders were present in the unveiling ceremony at IRGC's Air Defense Site in Ahwaz.
The Ghadir radar system was unveiled for the first time in Garmsar radar site in Semnan province, Northern Iran last year.
The radar system is equipped with over 100 antennas which are capable of 360 degrees rotation.
The phased-array Ghadir radar system can be used in all types of electronic warfare and in all climatic conditions.
In May 2012, IRGC Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Iran is mass-producing Ghadir Radar systems in great numbers, adding that the radar system covers areas over 1,000km in distance.
"This radar system can cover areas around 1,100 km in range and its designing and production project ended early last (Iranian) year and is now being mass-produced," Hajizadeh told FNA at the time.
In June 2011, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps put into operation the new home-made long-range Ghadir radar system that enables its forces to monitor low-altitude satellites.
The Ghadir radar system which covers areas (maximum) 1,100km in distance and 300km in altitude has been designed and built to identify aerial targets, radar-evading aircrafts, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles as well as low-altitude satellites.
The Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.