Iran Tests New Radar System During Wargames
Iran tests new radar system to warn Israel and US against possible attack during its 10-day "Great Prophet 6" war games.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 6/29/2011, 10:50 PM / Last Update: 6/30/2011, 6:13 AM
Iran tested a new radar system on Wednesday in hopes of warning Israel and the United States against any military attack, Reuters reports.
The test of the Ghadir radar system was reportedly conducted on the third day of Iran's annual "Great Prophet" 10-day military exercise.
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said the new radar system was used for the first time by the military's aerospace division.
"The Ghadir radar has been designed and built to detect airborne targets, radar-evading planes, cruise and ballistic missiles and low-orbit satellites," Hajizadeh told Iran's state-run ISNA news agency.
The radar is said to have a range of 1,100 km (680 miles) and a height of 300 km (190 miles), he said.
As part of the "Great Prophet 6" exercise, Iran also test-fired surface-to-surface missiles on Tuesday, with a maximum range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles), emphasizing it could hit Israel or U.S. targets in the region in the event of attack.
The United States and Israel have said they do not rule out military strikes on Iran if diplomatic means fail to stop it developing nuclear weapons.
Tehran says its uranium enrichment program, which it recently moved to an underground facility, is intended to product electricity, not atom bombs.
International Atomic Energy Agency officials, who also believe Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, say Iran has obstructed inspection efforts authorized under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which Iran is a signatory.