Iran unveils first domestically built long-range air missile defense system in Tehran

Iran announces production of turbojet cruise missile technology while unveiling domestically built S-300-like system


Iran unveiled its first domestically builtlong-range air missile defense system during a arms and military ceremony in Tehran on Sunday, the system very similar to the S-300 system purchased from Russia.

The system, Bavar-373 (Belief 373), is part of Iran’s ongoing and evolving military developments, particularly in its missile program.

The Bavar-373 holds capabilities such as engaging missiles, fighter jets, drones and ballistic missiles. It includes missile-launcher vehicles and missile guidance systems and advanced radar engagement.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan stated on the missile system that “Our goal was not to make an Iranian version of the S-300, but rather a [new] Iranian system” which Iran built domestically.

Dehqan also confirmed Iran’s ongoing development of its turbojet cruise missile technology. He stated that the technology would be developed in the “near future” and “could increase the speed of our missiles,” adding that “in the near future will achieve the technology to produce underwater supersonic cruise missile, as well… We have greatly increased the range of our marine cruise missiles and currently possess missiles with a range of 200 kilometers, which are anti-ship and anti-surface.” He reported changes in “strategic systems” of its cruises missiles in the “increasing power of their engines and ranges.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was present at the ceremony, boasted of Iran as “one of only eight countries in the world that have mastered the technology to build [such] engines.”

The announcements come following Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announcement over the weekend that Iranian-Russian military cooperation would increase and expand in the near future, a spokesman for the Commission, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini stating that Iran would cooperate and assist Russia in “combatting ISIS”. Hosseini also confirmed that the Russian purchased S-300 surface-to-air missile would be delivered and functional in its entirety by March of 2016 and that Iran had already begun training personnel to operate the missile system.


IDF responds to rocket fired from Gaza Strip at Sderot

No injuries or damages reported; IDF responds to rocket attack; PFLP claims responsibility for attack

A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel

Both IDF armored corps and the Israel Air Force responded to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Sunday afternoon.

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Sderot, a southern city in Israel most targeted by rocket fire. The rocket landed in a residential area and near to a college, with no injuries or damages reported.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed the attack, stating “The rocket hit the town of Sderot where some 19,000 people live. Thankfully, despite the attacker’s intentions, the rocket failed to wound anybody. In response, the IDF responded and attacked two Hamas positions.”

The IDF reported that it hit two Hamas infrastructures, the Palestinians reporting two injuries from airstrikes.

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) took responsibility for the rocket attack, claiming it has a right to “practice all forms of resistance in response to the crimes and hubris of the occupation.”

Israel holds Hamas, the ruling party of the Gaza Strip, responsible for all attacks on the State of Israel. The rocket fired today was the 16th rocket fired into Israel in 2016.

Sunday into Monday, the IDF carried out numerous strikes in the Gaza Strip following a rocket attack over the weekend. The Salafi Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis, a terrorist organization affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday.

According to the IDF, over 50 terrorist targets were hit in the strikes, the IDF spokesperson’s Unit stating on the mission “The IAF targeted terrorist infrastructure in response to projectile fire at the city of Sderot, which violated Israel’s sovereignty and placed Israeli lives at risk. Hamas is the sovereign ruler of the Gaza Strip and it will be held responsible for any terrorist attack emanating from Gaza. The IDF will continue to act decisively at all times to protect and defend the State of Israel.”

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Iran to increase cooperation and assistance in Russian military efforts

Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission members confirm increased cooperation, claim military assistance is fight against ISIS


Following two days of strikes carried out in Syria by Russian bombers deployed from Iran, Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced that Iranian-Russian military cooperation would increase and expand in the near future.

A member of the Commission, Alireza Rahimi stated following the strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday that “This is a bigger plan and a bigger agreement… which is not fixed in the Middle East, and especially in Syria,” stating that “depending on the development of the situation in Syria, new decisions could be made,” without giving specifics.

Additionally a spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini stated that Iran would cooperate and assist Russia in combatting ISIS, stating that “Iran has been ready to carry out… cooperation, including sharing facilities with Russia in combating ISIS.”

Hosseini also spoke of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system Iran purchased from Russia, stating on Thursday that “In view of the fact that Russia remains committed to its obligations and supplies the S-300 systems in strict accordance with the schedule, the Islamic Republic of Iran is no longer sees reasons for legal claims,” adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran has begun “the necessary training of personnel” for the S-300 system.

Russia began delivering the missile system earlier this year, the missiles for the S-300 system delivered in July. Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili confirmed that the entire system would be delivered and operational no later than March of 2017.



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Russia deployed bombers from Iranian airbase for second day in a row

Strikes carried out from Russian bombers deployed from Iran for second time; US State Department investigating whether incidents are violation of nuclear deal; Russia denies any violation


Russia again deployed military aircraft from an airbase in Iran to conduct airstrikes in Syria Wednesday, despite international criticism, specifically from the US State Department, that the military cooperation may be a violation of UN Resolution 2231.

On Tuesday, US State Department Mark Toner responded to the incident and confirmed that the United States is investigating whether the incident violates the UN Resolution. He stated in a press conference “It’s unfortunate but not surprising or unexpected. And I think that it speaks to the continuation of a pattern that we’ve seen of Russia continuing to carry out airstrikes and now it appears with Iran’s direct assistance that at last purport to target ISIL targets as well as Nusra targets, but in fact and we’ve seen this continually predominantly target a moderate Syrian opposition forces,” adding that “It only pushes us further away from what we all at least say we’re trying to pursue, which is a credible nationwide cessation of hostilities and a political process in Geneva that leads to a peaceful transition.”

On Wednesday, Russia denied reports that Iran violated any parts of the nuclear agreement in allowing Russia to conduct strikes from an airbase in Iran on targets in Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to criticism from the US State Department Spokesman that the military incident did not in anyway violate UN resolution 2231. He stated that “These aircraft are being used by Russia’s air force with Iran’s agreement as a part of an anti-terrorist operation at the request of Syria’s leadership,” and that “there has been no supply, sale or transfer of combat jets to Iran.”

UN Resolution 2231 prohibits any supply, sale and/or transfer of military aircraft to Iran.

Russia deployed bombers to Syria from Iran for first time

Russia attacks numerous targets in Syria Tuesday, deploying its aircraft from an Iranian base for first time


Russia deployed its bomber jets from an Iranian airbase to bomb ISIS and militant targets in Syria on Tuesday. It is the first known instance in which Russia has conducted strikes from Iran.

Russia deployed its Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter-bombers from the Hamadan base in Iran, striking “numerous militants” in Aleppo, Deir el-Zor and Idlib. A reported five “major ammunition depots, training camps and three command posts” were destroyed in the attacks.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense confirmed, stating following the attack that “On August 16 Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 frontline bombers, flying with a full bomb load from the Hamedan air base conducted a group air strike against targets of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and Idlib.”

Iran’s Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, remarking on the incident, stated that Russia and Iran “enjoy strategic cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Syria and share their facilities and capacities to this end.”