C4iSR & Missions Systems

Iran officially unveils new long-range radar

04 June 2014
The Ghadir is a large fixed structure consisting of four arrays and a central tower. Source: Fars News Agency

Iran's Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defence Command unveiled its new long-range Ghadir surveillance radar on 2 June, claiming that it is less vulnerable to jamming and anti-radiation missiles.

"Ghadir can stand [up] well against electronic warfare systems, and there is a very small chance [of] their discovery and destruction by anti-radar missiles," said Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Iran's air defence commander, according to the Fars News Agency (FNA) during a ceremony in Garmsar, Semnan province.

The Iranian media released photographs and broadcast television footage of a large, fixed complex consisting of four walls of metal frames containing thousands of antenna nodes. Within these walls are various buildings and a tower fitted with more antennas.

"The radar system uses a system that resonates the frequency and can trace targets [out to] more than 1,000 km in [the] distance," Brig Gen Esmaili added. "[It] detects incoming missiles in depth and before they approach Iran's borders."

The FNA reported that the radar can "detect hostile flying objects" up to an altitude of 300 km. If correct, this would mean that it is able to track sub-orbital spacecraft. It also said that it had been tested during the 'Great Prophet 6' exercise held by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in July 2011.

Another source quoted Brig Gen Esmaili as saying that "the new system uses three-dimensional technology to detect targets [and can pick up] even the tiniest of birds".

COMMENT

Brig Gen Esmaili's claims about the Ghadir being immune to anti-radiation missiles ostensibly suggested that it is a passive radar that detects fluctuations in the radio waves transmitted by non-co-operative sources, such as mobile telephone stations. Whether or not this is the case, the fact that the radar is a large, fixed site means that an adversary could use other types of guided munitions to destroy it.



(303 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • U-series uncooled thermal cameras

    Type Thermal imaging camera Development The U-series of uncooled LWIR, dual-FoV cameras from General Dynamics (GD) Global Imaging Technologies (a division of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems) are designed to replace the LANscout and RangePro series of cameras from Axsys Technologies

  • Z-750 extreme long-range thermal imaging camera

    Type Thermal imaging camera Development The Z-750 from General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies (a division of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems) is a cooled MWIR thermal camera system with a continuous zoom lens. It is suitable for long-range surveillance, reconnaissance and

  • LANScout 60/180 thermal imaging system

    Type Thermal imager Development The LANScout 60/180 is a dual field-of-view, remotely controllable thermal camera system, originally developed by Diversified Optical Products Inc. The company was acquired by Axsys Technologies, which in turn was acquired by General Dynamics Advanced Information

  • RangePro 50/250 thermal imaging system

    Type Thermal imager Development The RangePro 50/250 is a dual-FoV, remotely controllable thermal camera system, originally developed by Diversified Optical Products Inc. The company was acquired by Axsys Technologies, which in turn was acquired by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in

  • Z-1000 extreme long-range thermal imaging camera

    Type Thermal imager Development The Z-1000 (previously known as the 'ExtremeX') is an MWIR thermal camera system offering three or four fields-of-view, suitable for long-range targeting in border protection and perimeter surveillance missions. It has been known to IHS Jane's since 2003. As

ADVERTISEMENT

Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.
ADVERTISEMENT