On Thursday, Iran has displayed a domestically developed long-range, and surface-to-air missile air defence system, at a period of rising tensions with the United States. 

In June, Iran has knocked down a US military surveillance ‘special drone’ in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile. It alleged that the special drone has entered its territory, but the United States has rejected the charges and claims that it was in international airspace. 

State television highlighted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani participating in an introduced ceremony for the mobile Bavar-373 system, which have been described as a competitor to the Russian S-300 missile system.

Defence Minister Amir Hatami told sources that “with this long-range air defence system, we can detect … targets or planes at more than 300 km (190 miles), lock it at about 250 km, and destroy it at 200 km.”

Iranian National Defence Industry Day was introduced by the defence system. Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international embargoes and sanctions, which have restricted it from importing weapons. 

Western Military Analysts claims that Iran has often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, though always concerns about its long-range ballistic missile programme contributed to Washington in 2018, left the deed that Iran engaged with world powers in 2015 to rein in its nuclear ambitions in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.

On Tuesday, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompoe has warned at a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting that under 2015 Nuclear Deal, a United Nations arms embargo on Iran was due to expire in October 2020.

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