Iran unveils homemade missile defense system ‘rivaling’ S-300 and US Patriot

Iran unveils homemade missile defense system ‘rivaling’ S-300 and US Patriot

Iran displayed what it described as a domestically-built long-range, mobile surface-to-air missile system on Thursday, Iranian state media reported.

Tehran says its new homemade Bavar 373 mobile air defense missile system is equivalent to Russia’s iconic S-300 and can successfully compete with US Patriot missiles.

The weapon can intercept and destroy targets at altitudes of up to 27km and has a range of 200km, Iranian media reported.

It’s apparently capable of neutralizing both aircraft and drones, as well as high-speed ballistic missiles.

The announcement comes at a time of rising tension between Iran and the United States.

A US military MQ-9 drone was shot down by Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the second such incident in recent months.

Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.

The US sent thousands of additional troops, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, and advanced fighter jets into the Mideast. Mysterious attacks on oil tankers and Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone has added to the fears of an armed conflict breaking out.