TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Friday displayed a new, all-Iranian-made air defense system, saying it was designed to confront American warplanes in case of a U.S. attack on the country.
The system was on show during a military parade in Tehran commemorating the start of the Iraq-Iran war 32 years ago.
The semi-official Fars news agency said the Raad, or Thunder, is more advanced than its Russian predecessor and is designed to confront fighter jets, cruise missiles, smart bombs, helicopters and drones.
Tehran has tried to build a self-sufficient military program since 1992. More recently, Iran’s military leaders have said they believe future wars will be air- and sea-based and Tehran has sought to upgrade its air defense systems and naval power in anticipation of such a possibility.
Both the United States and Israel have not ruled out a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, which the West suspects…
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