First Batch of Long Awaited S-300 Sent to Iran From Russia

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18, 2016

RIA Novosti 

translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear

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Weapons are
expected to be transported to the Islamic Republic from one of the ports in
Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. Launchers will be used for defensive purposes and
only for the sake of security.

18th  — RIA Novosti.
“The first batch of
anti-aircraft missile systems (AAMS) S-300 will be shipped from Russia to Iran
on Thursday” – said the assistant to the head of the General staff of the armed
forces of Iran Mustafa Izadi in an interview to Sputnik International.

On the Caspian Sea

As an informed
source previously told Sputnik, Iranian defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, who
is currently on a visit in Russia, on Thursday will take part in the closed ceremony
of loading of the first batch of S-300 to Iran. It is expected that shipment of
Russian AAMS will go to Iran across the Caspian Sea via a port in Astrakhan.

“In the
Iranian port it is planned to hold the ceremony of the reception of the
complexes” – a source in the Ministry of defense of Iran told Sputnik.

The long journey of the S-300

In 2007
Russia signed a contract to supply Iran with five battalions of S-300PMU-1 anti-aircraft
missile systems, consisting of 40 launchers worth about $800 million. However,
with the adoption on June 9, 2010 the UN Security Council resolution on Iran,
which banned the transfer of modern weapons the curtailment of
military-technical cooperation between Russia and Iran began. As a result of
introduction of sanctions the Russian-Iranian contract on s-300 was canceled.
The Islamic Republic then filed a lawsuit against Rosoboronexport in the
arbitration court of Geneva (Switzerland).

In April
2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on the supply of S-300 to
Iran. In June, the presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir
Kozhin reported that Moscow and Tehran are preparing a contract to supply the S-300.
However, he stressed that the SAM-system has undergone changes that have
improved its performance characteristics. In November, the head of the state
Corporation “Rostec” Sergey Chemezov has declared that the contract
entered into force.

to the head of the Ministry of defense of Iran, the delivery of the first batch
of the Russian S-300 complexes will be completed during the first quarter of

As the
Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev stated in April
2015 – “The S-300 is a purely defensive weapon, and it will not be used in
the interests of inflicting damage to any of the countries, but in the
interests of security”.

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