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Iran presents a new self-made missile system

August 22, 2019

DUBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters / EP) –

Iran has presented what they have described as a long-range mobile earth-air missile system manufactured in the country, state press reported Thursday.

The new system has been unveiled at a time of tension between Iran and the United States, because the Gulf country shot down a US drone in June with a ground-to-air missile, claiming it was flying over its national territory. The United States said the drone was traveling through international airspace.

State television has shown images of the president, Hasan Rouhani, at the inauguration ceremony of the Bavar-373 missile system, described by Iran as a competitor of the S-300 Russian missiles.

The ceremony has taken place on Defensive Industry Day in Iran. The country has developed a powerful local arms industry, given the international sanctions that prevent it from importing many weapons.

Some Western analysts believe that Iran often exaggerates the capacity of its weapons, although concern over the Iranian long-range missile program caused the United States to abandon the pact signed between Iran and the world powers in 2015 to curb its ambitions last year. nuclear in exchange for reducing economic sanctions.