This is the latest military innovation exhibited by the Iranian media. On this “National Day of the Defense Industry”, Tehran unveiled its new air defense system made in Iran. In the presence of President Hassan Rohani, the army presented the Bavar-373, a long-range surface-to-air missile system. They would reach their target more than 200 kilometers away.
If Iran is working on a locally manufactured arsenal, it is because it is subject to an arms embargo, but this show of force comes at the height of tensions with the United States. Washington withdrew last year from the Iran nuclear deal and in recent months incidents in the Persian Gulf have multiplied. Iran also shot down an American drone in June that allegedly violated its airspace.