Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ27th December, 2015
The Iranian side has confirmed the withdrawal of the lawsuit previously filed against the Russian company Rosoboronexport regarding the refusal to supply the anti-aircraft missile s-300 systems. This was stated in an interview to TV channel “Russia 1” by the Minister of Industry and trade Denis Manturov.
“As for the lawsuit, we have the confirmation from the Iranian side about the review of this claim. In the near future, I think it will take place”, — said the Minister.
A lawsuit against the company “Rosoboronexport” was for the amount of about four billion dollars, and had been filed by Iran over the failure to supply five lots of s-300 systems agreed in a contract in 2007. The failure was a result of the tightening sanctions against the leadership of Iran, which were unilaterally implemented by Moscow in 2010, not only for offensive weapons (provided that the relevant resolution of the UN security Council), but also defensive.
In April 2015, President Vladimir Putin lifted the embargo on the supply to Iran s-300. The decision by the head of state has justified significant progress in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue. In November 2015, the head of Rosteh Sergey Chemezov announced the entry into force of a new contract to supply s-300 systems; as was explained by “Kommersant”, it is about the system s-300PMU-2 “Favorit”, which remain outstanding from the Syrian order.
Anti-aircraft missile system s-300PMU-2 “Favorit” (with S-300PМ2 option for the Armed forces of Russia) was developed in 1997. It is an upgrade of the system s-300PMU-1 (S-300PМ) which increased, from 150 to 195 kilometers, the distant border zone boundaries and featured a new rocket – 48Н6Е2. The system provides cover at a distance of up to 40 kilometers with the tactical ballistic missiles moving at speeds of up to 2.8 kilometers per second. The system was previously purchased by China (the first customer), Algeria and Azerbaijan.