In a move that has generated buzz within the military analysis community, Iran recently unveiled a new iteration of its domestically-produced Bavar-373 long-range air defense system during a national military parade on Wednesday, April 17.

The upgraded system, mounted on a Belarusian-made MZKT-791300 8×8 truck chassis, marks a significant development for Iran’s defense industry, showcasing both its growing self-sufficiency and its aspirations for a more advanced air defense network.

Bavar-373: Boasting Advanced Capabilities

Iranian officials have made bold claims about the capabilities of the new Bavar-373, asserting that it matches or even surpasses the performance of Russia’s S-400 system.

A cornerstone of these claims is the system’s alleged ability to intercept fifth-generation fighter jets, including the American F-35, a technological marvel renowned for its low radar signature.

Additionally, Iranian sources report that the upgraded Bavar-373 boasts enhanced target detection and tracking abilities, allowing it to identify up to 100 aerial targets simultaneously and engage multiple threats with its Sayyad-4B missile armament.

The Sayyad-4B missile itself is an upgrade to the previous Sayyad-4 model.

It features a two-stage, solid-fuel design that offers an impressive range exceeding 300 kilometers (186 miles) and a ceiling altitude of 120 kilometers (75 miles).

Sayyad-4 missile
Sayyad-4 missile, 2022. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

While independent verification of these figures is pending, they signify a potential leap forward in Iran’s air defense capabilities.