Hassan Rouhani Unveils Iran’s New Missile System

  • Iranian state media claims the Bavar 373 system is "much better" than US Patriot, S-300, and a competitor to Russia’s S-300 missile system.
  • Mr. Rouhani criticized the United States, describing its departure from the nuclear deal as "a testament to economic terrorism."
  • Defense Minister Amir Hatami said "with technology advancement in the missile field, we have reached a point where all missiles are precise and accurate."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled a new built-in missile system and, in his remarks, targeted the United States with fierce verbal attacks.

Mr. Rouhani, at a National Defense Day ceremony in Tehran on Thursday, August 22, said that every year on such a day, the domestic defense ministry “presents a very valuable gift to the proud and honorable nation of Iran.”

The president announced the creation of a defense system called “Bavar-373 air defense missile system,” which state media claims is more advanced than the US Patriot, S-300 missile system, and close to Russia’s S-300 missile system. Rouhani added that the missile system was “a great gift from the armed forces.”

Bavar-373 is an Iranian long-range road-mobile surface-to-air missile system unveiled in August 2016. It is manufactured by the Iranian Defense Ministry in cooperation with unspecified local manufacturers and universities.

According to military sources, Russia has sold several S-300 missile systems to Iran. Some Western sources have said that Iran wanted to buy a more sophisticated S-300 system, but Russia did not agree to the request. Russia agreed to sell the system to Turkey and was said to have negotiated with Qatar and Saudi Arabia to sell such systems. The main source of defense for these three countries was America.

In another part of his speech, Mr. Rouhani criticized the United States, describing its departure from the nuclear deal as “a testament to economic terrorism,” and said that the US had “taken all the shame” in doing so.

He said the United States told European countries to refrain from trade with Iran for only three months, during that time the Islamic Republic’s government would collapse. Mr. Rohani added that “the people are consciously empowered as sanctions tighten in the year. More than ever, they resisted and resisted.” Referring to public protests two years ago, he said military and law enforcement stopped the move.

Hassan Rouhani stated that the US government mobilized its full capacity to track incoming and outgoing Iranian ships, adding that “currently, the United States is weaker and more isolated politically and legally.”

Mr. Rouhani said that the US had not succeeded in any regional program, adding that “a man told one of our politicians that the Americans who come to us are lions, who appear like rabbits.”

Amir Hatami is a Brigadier General in the Islamic Republic of Iran Army and the current Defense Minister. He has served in the position since August 2017, and is the first regular Army (rather than Revolutionary Guard) officer to hold the position in more than 20 years.

The president said that sanctions, while putting pressure on the people, “provided Iran with many good opportunities” and, in describing the achievements of the government, he said that despite the sanctions, the government made significant progress in various areas. Describing these developments, Mr. Rouhani said that during the boycott, “we inaugurated two national dams, two sewage treatment plants, and three water treatment plants.”

At the ceremony, attended by a number of armed forces commanders and foreign military affiliates. Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said, “with technology advancement in the missile field, we have reached a point where all missiles are precise and accurate.”

At the same time, he rejected the production of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, saying that, according to the Islamic Republic’s fatwa, “we have not designed any missiles with unconventional warheads and we commit ourselves to maintain the deterrence power only with the conventional warheads.”

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.


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