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The Iranian military has successfully tested its latest locally developed defense hardware with the Mersad-16 system detecting and destroying several hostile targets under test conditions in the Dasht-e Kavir Desert.

On Tuesday, the Iranian military tested the Mersad-16 missile system in the Dasht-e Kavir desert in north-central Semnan province, Iranian media reported.

The locally developed equipment is designed to intercept high-speed targets such as low-altitude cruise missiles, said Brigadier General Mohammad Khoshghalb, the army’s deputy air defense operations chief.

Khoshghalb said the surface-to-air missile system is particularly advanced, with electronic warfare capabilities, and was produced using 100% Iranian technology. He said the equipment had been proven successful and was ready to be put into action to defend Iran against hostile parties.

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The system tested on Tuesday is intended to build on existing capability to neutralize incoming hostile targets, adding a host of improved and new defense innovations to the previous model. It is fully mobile and incorporates new Iranian radar technology (Hafez and Najm-804) and a new missile, called “Shalamcheh 2”, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

Iran has publicly deployed many new systems over the past year amid growing tensions with the United States and its allies. The nation prides itself on its locally built defense capabilities.

In May, amid the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Iran unveiled three new defense capabilities, including the “Quds” radar system, a surface-to-air missile system dubbed “9-Day,” and a drone called “Gaza” with a range of 2,000 km.

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