- Iran has admitted using a Chinese system in its air defence network
- The rare admission may indicate where Iran is getting sub-systems and components for its new radars
The air defence branch of the Iranian military has revealed that it is using the Chinese-made JY-10 radar processing and control system to help integrate its air defence network.
The use of the JY-10 was confirmed during an interview with air defence commander Brigadier General Ismaili Farzad Esmaili that was broadcast on 2 September. The supporting footage included a close up of a poster for Iran’s new Negah system that said it includes the JY-10, which it identified as a Chinese-made product.
According to the product catalogue released by Chinese radar manufacturer CETC International, the JY-10E is used to process data from radars within 800 km and can receive and process 100 flightpaths simultaneously. It says it has “high mobility, high reliability, and a high level of automation” and can be used as a backup command-and-control system. The extensive use of commercial technology in its construction makes maintenance and upgrades easier.
The Negah was one of several air defence support systems that were unveiled on 25 August when it was described as an advanced aircraft identification system that had been developed in Iran.
During the interview, Brig Gen Esmaili tried to convey the impression that his service is capable of defending Iran’s airspace and is taken seriously by other militaries.
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