Why Iran’s New Anti-Aircraft Missile System Won’t Shoot Down an F-35

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Iran has announced a new anti-aircraft missile system.

But is it new, or a knockoff of a foreign weapon?

The new surface-to-air missile is called the Khordad 15. Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said at the unveiling ceremony that the system is “capable of detecting fighter jets and combat drones from 150 kilometers [93 miles] away and of tracking them within a range of 120 kilometers [75 miles],” according to Iranian state media. “The system, he added, can also detect stealth targets at a distance of 85 kilometers [53 miles] and engage and destroy them within a range of 45 kilometers [28 miles].”

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