Iran Officially Unveils New Long-Range Radar

Iran Officially Unveils New Long-Range Radar

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The Ghadir is a large fixed structure consisting of four arrays and a central tower. Source: Fars News AgencyIran: Iran's Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defence Command has unveiled its new long-range Ghadir surveillance radar, claiming that it is less vulnerable to jamming and anti-radiation missiles. "Ghadir can stand up well against electronic warfare systems, and there is a very small chance [of] their discovery and destruction by anti-radar missiles," said Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Iran's air defence commander. The Iranian media released photographs and broadcast television footage of a large, fixed complex consisting of four walls of metal frames containing thousands of antenna nodes. Within these walls are various buildings and a tower fitted with more antennas. "The radar system uses a system that resonates the frequency and can trace targets out to more than 1,000 km in the distance. It detects incoming missiles in depth and before they approach Iran's borders,” added Brig Gen Esmaili.

The radar can detect hostile flying objects up to an altitude of 300 km. If correct, this would mean that it is able to track sub-orbital spacecraft. It also said that it had been tested during the Great Prophet 6 exercise held by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in July 2011.

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