Iranian sources have revealed new information on a domestically-made short-range air-defense system that was showcased for the first time during the Modafean Aseman Velayat 1400 [Guardians of Velayat Sky 1400] exercise earlier this month.
On October 16, Fars News Agency journalist Mohammad Shaltouki revealed that the system is dubbed “Zubin”. According to Shaltouki, the system is the land-based variant of the “Nawab” air-defense system, which is being developed for Iranian Navy warships.
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این سامانه نسخه زمینپایه سامانه پدافندی «نواب» است که برای شناورهای نداجا توسعه یافته، نامش «زوبین» است؛ فعلا این عکس شسته رفته را از آن داشته باشید تا اگر مقدور بود مشخصاتی از آن را هم در آینده عرض میکنم.
— Mohammad Shaltouki (@mohshaltouki) October 16, 2021
Zubin features a unique, compact design with an onboard target acquisition radar and vertically-launched anti-aircraft missiles. According to Iranian sources, the system will be armed with 4 to 16 missiles.
The system will reportedly provide radar data to the completely passive Majid short-range air-defense system, which was also revealed during the Modafean Aseman Velayat 1400 exercise. Majid is armed with infrared guided missiles with fire-and-forget capability.
The Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps tested several domestically-made air-defense and radar systems during the Modafean Aseman Velayat 1400 exercise.
Iran has been working nonstop to develop its military capabilities, especially its air-defenses, in order to keep up with the repeated threats from the US and Israeli.