The Iranian general also praised the capabilities of Iran’s new defensive weapon systems, saying that thanks to them, the country’s enemies now realise the potential cost of war with Iran.

General Alireza Sabahi Fard, commander of the Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defence Base in Iran, has publicly announced that his country now has an integrated radar system capable of detecting various types of US warplanes, including stealth aircraft, the FARS News Agency reports.

“Today, we have gained full self-sufficiency in area of radar systems and powerfully detect different advanced US planes and give them warning,” Gen. Sabahi Fard said at a press conference in Tehran on 29 July.

The general also lauded the strides that Iran has made in developing defensive weapon systems which, he says “have made enemies realise that if they want to start a conflict with us, they will receive heavy blows.”

The media outlet says that last month Iran unveiled its new “Khordad 15” surface-to-air missile system, with Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami, noting that the new weapon can track airborne targets 150 km away and engage them at a distance of up to 120 km.

“It can also trace stealth targets in areas 85 km in distance, and destroy them at a distance of 45 km”, he added.

On 20 June, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps reported that they shot down a US RQ-4 Global Hawk drone over Iran’s Hormuzgan province.

While the US Central Command did admit to losing the UAV, they insisted that the drone was attacked while flying over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

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