Iran vs US: Tehran ramps up its defences with groundbreaking new system

The two long-ranged radar systems were unveiled on Sunday in a major sign of the country’s defensive development. Opened by high-ranking army officials, the Khalij-e Fars has an operational range of 800km (497 miles). The second, named Moraqeb, is a mobile unit which has a smaller range but is able to detect low-altitude UAVs.

Both systems are hugely significant and would allow the country to detect most foreign aircraft entering its airspace.

In a further upgrade to its military arsenal, Iran has acquired three bomb-carrying drones.

The drones have a range of 932 miles as the country’s defence minister, Amir Hatami confirmed they can fly to a height of 45,000 feet.

With a fifth of the world’s oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz, in the Persian Gulf.

The gulf saw a confrontation between the US and Iran last week.

According to the US Navy, six of its vessels were confronted by ships from the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

The US Central Command warned the actions of the vessels had threatened a miscalculation from either side.

The command also stated the US commanders on the scene retain the right to self-defence.

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The US Navy said: “11 Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels repeatedly conducted dangerous & harassing approaches against US naval ships operating in international waters of North Arabian Gulf.

“US crews took actions deemed appropriate to avoid collision.

“The US crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio, five short blasts from the ships’ horns and long-range acoustic noise maker devices, but received no response from the IRGCN.

“After approximately one hour, the IRGCN vessels responded to the bridge-to-bridge radio queries, then manoeuvred away from the US ships and opened distance between them.”

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The Navy also stated the ships were operating in international waters.

This event came a day after a Hong-Kong flagged oil tanker was detained by Iranian vessels.

The tanker was later released while the Islamic Republic stated the US had given an exaggerated account the clash between the states.

Iran, however, has stated the US has continuously blocked ships from passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Last summer, the US accused Iran of attacking multiple oil tankers in the region.

An Iranian surface to air missile system also shot down a US surveillance drone that had been accused of entering its airspace.

Tensions between the two states flared after the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal.

The deal limited Iran’s nuclear development while also allowing international investigators into the country.

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