Iran Begins Production of New Mobile Air Defense System

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Defense Ministry on Monday started mass-production of a highly mobile home-made air-defense system.

The production line of the new system, Herz (Protector) 9, was inaugurated in a special ceremony attended by the country’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on the occasion of the liberation of Khorramshahr city from Iraqi occupation during the eight-year Iraqi imposed war in the 1980s.

Addressing the ceremony, Vahidi said that the system which has been designed and developed by Iranian experts at the Defense Industries Organization is a “sophisticated smart air-defense system and is capable of detecting, identifying and intercepting low-altitude targets through automatic controls”.

He said that the system enjoys high mobility and night operation capability and can be connected to the country’s integrated air-defense network.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of its home-made weapons, tools and equipments, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircraft, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.

Source: Fars News

C.I.A. reported smuggling Stinger missiles into Syria

Soldier prepares to fire what is described as a full-dimensional protection weapon – the Stinger missile. Stingers are classified by the military as MANPADS or Man-portable air-defense systems.
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The Mirror is reporting that Central Intelligence Agency spies have smuggled up to 14 Stinger missiles into Syria to aid in the rebellion against the government (see article: CIA spies ‘smuggle 14 Stinger missiles into Syria so rebels can take out regime warplanes).

The FIM-92 Stinger is a personal portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM), which can be adapted to fire from ground vehicles and helicopters (as an AAM), developed in the United States and entered into service in 1981.

Used by the militaries of the US and by 29 other countries, the basic Stinger missile has to date been used in several dozen attacks against civilian aircraft.

According to some reports over 20,000 Stinger Missiles “disappeared” in Libya and nobody knows where the missiles went or who has them Continue reading