Iran's Arabic language TV station al-Alam reported that the country's air defense base sent two warnings in the last six months to United States spy aircraft that approached Iranian airspace.
During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to serving on the front line of encountering threats as a valuable opportunity for the fearless, faithful, and honorable forces in the Air Defense Base, adding, "Great things have been done at the base which show strong determination, motivation, and abilities of the force", the leader's official website reported. Praising the coordination of the army and IRGC at the air defense base, as well as the cooperation of the base with the Ministry of Defense, universities, and scientific centers to meet needs and shortcomings, he added, "Move on, at a faster pace, using innovative initiatives to make the country more self-sufficient".
Gen. Esmaili said: "We do not allow such rabid aircrafts to enter our territory and if necessary, will not hesitate to destroy them".
The chief of the counter-offense forces of Iran's air security recounted that the bunker and its drones were designed, manufactured, placed, and put into operation in less than 7 years.
"The whole system has been completed and the tests carried out", said general Farzad Esmaili. Iran's Revolutionary Guards said that the indigenously developed air defense system is created to match the capabilities of the Russian S-300.
"In parallel with the deployment of the S-300, work on Bavar-373 system is underway", he added.
Bavar means "belief" and it is the first long range missile defense system developed by Iran.
Iran began manufacturing Bavar-373 in 2010 after the purchase of the S-300 from Russian Federation was suspended due to global sanctions. Both threaten Israel with tens of thousands of rockets and missiles.
As a result of recent u.s. sanctions against Iran, the iranian Parliament voted in mid-August, a significant increase in funding for the ballistic program of the islamic Republic.
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