Iranian regime claims new missile defence system made
The announcement comes at a time of rising tension between Iranian and United States. Iranian militias shot down a US military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June. Tehran says the drone was over its territory, but Washington says it was in international airspace.
Iranian regime's television showed the Falaq, a vehicle and a mobile radar installation it said was an improved version of the Gamma system, which military experts said was of Russian origin.
Western military analysts say Iranian regime often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, though concerns about its long-range ballistic missile programme contributed to Washington last year exiting the pact that the Iranian regime sealed with world powers in 2015 to rein in its nuclear ambitions in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.
US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Tehran after pulling out of the nuclear deal, which its other signatories are struggling to maintain as Washington also lobbies to establish a maritime security coalition to safeguard shipping in the Gulf in a related standoff with Iran over oil supplies.