Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has displayed the country’s sophisticated Russian-made S-300 air defense system in central Tehran.
This is the first time that the S-300 system has been displayed in public.
The public show in Tehran’s Baharestan square near the Parliament building square exhibited different missile systems, including ballistic missiles, solid-fuel surface-to-surface Sejjil missiles and the liquid-fuel Ghadr.
On Friday, Iran unveiled the Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and much of the Middle East.
Iranian armed forces hold massive parades across the nation marking the first day of the annual Sacred Defense Week, marking the beginning of 1980s war with Iraq.
S-300 (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) is a series of initially Soviet and later Russian long-range surface-to-air missile systems produced by NPO Almaz, based on the initial S-300P version.
The S-300 system was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defence Forces. Subsequent variations were developed to intercept ballistic missiles.
The S-300 is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems currently fielded. An evolved version of the S-300 system is the S-400 (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler), which entered limited service in 2004.