The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defence Forces is the service in the armed forces of Iran responsible for fixed, ground-based air defence. It was formed recently from ground-based air defence units of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, and retains close links to it, and the Air Force of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.

It is organised on a site-to-site bases, and defends the following types of site:

  • Major cities (such as Tehran, and Isfahan)
  • Ports
  • Airports
  • Nuclear sites
  • Major industrial sites



  • ZPU-4 14.5mm anti-aircraft gun
    • Also with 8 12.7mm machine guns
  • ZU-23-1 23mm anti-aircraft gun (mounted on Toyota Landcruiser)
  • ZU-23-2 23mm anti-aircraft gun
  • ZSU-23-4 23mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun
  • Skyguard 35mm anti-aircraft gun


  • MIM-23 Hawk
  • Pantsyr S-1E (SA-22 Greyhound)
  • Shahab Saqeb (Iranian copy of Chinese HQ-7 (Crotale))
  • Tor-M1 (SA-15 Gauntlet)
  • Standard SM-1 conversion
  • 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful)
  • HQ-2B (Chinese S-75 Dvina/SA-2 Guideline)
    • Sayyad-1 (Iranian HQ-2)
    • Sayyad-1A (Iranian HQ-2)
  • S-200 Angara/Vega/Dubna (SA-5 Gammon)
  • S-300PT (SA-10 Grumble)


  • Misagh-1 (copy of Chinese QW-1)
  • Misagh-2 (copy of Chinese QW-2)
  • RBS-70
  • SA-7 Grail
  • SA-16 Gimlet
  • SA-18 Grouse

(N.B. These missiles are also often mounted on Toyota Landcruisers)