Iran announces Sayyad-3 SAM production

26 July 2017
Sayyad-3 missiles lined up next to their canisters during the production line inauguration event. Source: Iranian Ministry of Defence

Key Points

  • The Sayyad-3 missile appears to be a development of the Sayyad-2
  • Iranian reporting indicates it can be used with the Talash system and an improved Talash-2 that is being developed

The production line for Iran’s new Sayyad-3 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) was formally inaugurated by Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan on 22 July. In the process it was stated that it will be used by the as-yet unveiled Talash-2 air defence system.

The Sayyad-3 has been displayed before in parades, but the production line inauguration ceremony prompted the Iranian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to release the first high-quality images of a missile that appears to be a development of the Sayyad-2 rather than entirely new.

The subject of a similar ceremony in November 2013, the Sayyad-2 looks like the RIM-66 (SM-1) naval surface-to-air missile that Iran acquired from the United States in the 1970s. It is launched from a canister, four of which can be mounted on a vehicle-mounted launcher.

The Sayyad-3 appears to be a Sayyad-2 with redesigned strakes, control fins, and guidance unit at the tail of the missile. Its canister looks identical to the one used by the Sayyad-2, indicating the two missiles are about the same size.

No range figures for the Sayyad-2 have been released, but it was described as a medium-range, high-altitude missile. The Sayyad-3 was presented as a longer-range counterpart, with Dehghan saying it has a maximum range of 120 km and a maximum altitude of 27 km.

The defence minister added that it uses a combined active radar, semi-active radar, and infrared guidance system that enables it to engage various target types, including stealthy aircraft, and “deal with all kinds of electronic warfare”.

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