The Iranian Air Defense Force has successfully tested a new generation of the nationally made Mersad-16 missile system in the country’s central desert.
Speaking on Tuesday, Second Brigadier General Mohammad Youssef Khoshqalb, deputy chief of operations of the Army’s Air Defense Force, said the system was for the first time under the control of the Integrated Air Defense Network for intercept, identify, engage and destroy targets.
Mersad-16, he added, enjoys great mobility and is capable of traveling at high speed and at low altitudes.
“The Mersad-16 missile system is completely indigenous and benefits from new technologies [needed] to operate in electronic warfare and simultaneously engage several hostile targets, ”he added.
An optimized version of the Mersad-16 system will soon be unveiled, which will be capable of maneuvering at high speed and high altitude, he said.
In recent years, Iranian military experts and technicians have made great strides in the local development of a wide range of equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to strengthen its defense capabilities, stressing that these capabilities are entirely for defense and will never be the subject of negotiations.