TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) – Russia has agreed to an accord to sell S-300 missile system to implement a previous accord to equip Iranian defense system units.
Russian Open Joint Stock Company Rosoboronexport and Iran had signed a military accord back in 2007 on advanced S-300 missile system. In accordance to the contract, this company is required to give five artilleries to Iran.
Three years later in 2010, Russia’s then-president Dmitry Medvedev cancelled the contract because of UN sanctions and strong US and Israeli pressure over concerns about Tehran’s nuclear program.
The S-300 is a series of initially Soviet and later Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems which was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defense Forces. Subsequent variations were developed to intercept ballistic missiles.
The S-300 is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems currently fielded. Its radars have the ability to simultaneously track up to 100 targets while engaging up to 12/24/36 targets. The S-300 deployment time is five minutes. The S-300 missiles are sealed rounds and require no maintenance over their lifetime.
Iran’s head of parliament’s Defense Committee Esmail Kosari had said “we had a meeting with the Iranian ambassador to Russia and held talks over the delivery of a substitute system for S-300.”
Also Iran’s Air Defense Commander Farzad Esmaili recently said that a new generation of missiles would replace S-300.
This is Sayyad 3 missile which, according to Iran’s Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, will be soon unveiled.
Later in December 2013 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “we still insist on the implementation of the previous agreements and considering the very good ties between Iran and Russia, we hope to resolve the problem in an acceptable way.”
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