Following the removal of arms embargo imposed on Iran, Tehran has begun showcasing its military equipment so as to solicit buyers at international military exhibitions. To this end, on March 23, Iran has begun showcasing its AD-200, a long-range anti-aircraft missile system at the International Exhibition of Naval Defense in Doha, Qatar.
Iran claimed that that it has successfully tested the capabilities of its new air defense system during the Modafean Aseman Velayat 99 exercise.
According to sources, the AD-200 is likely to be an export version of the Bavarian 373 air defense system. Iranian experts have claimed that the AD-200 is similar to Russia’s S-300 or even S-400 air defense systems in functionality during operations.
Tehran presented a scale model of the entire battery of the AD-200 at the DIMDEX 2022 exhibition in Doha, Qatar, said sources.
During the Modafean Aseman Velayat 99 exercise, the Iranian army has presented and had tested the AD-200 in the field. It has been in operation since last year.
Similar in terms of characteristics, the AD-200 is very similar to the Bavar-373, a long range air-to-ground missile system.
The system has two missile silos, each loaded with the Sayyad-4 missile, which has a range of 300 kilometers.
The missile system can not only intercept aircraft but also destroy ballistic missiles, said Iranian experts. The entire anti-aircraft missile system is placed on a 8 × 8 truck, with the missile silos mounted in the rear axle of the vehicle.
Iran’s Sayyad-4 guided missiles
Similar in looks when compared to its predecessor, the Sayyad-4 looks similar to the Sayyad-3, but is slightly larger and is more conical.
In order to align its trajectory the Sayyad-4 uses a thrust vector control and a target detection method such as the Seeker-Aided Ground Guidance (SAGG) or track-via-missile (TVM). The missiles can be launched using vertical take-off systems, which is similar to those of the MIM-104 Patriot -Anti-aircraft missile system.