Senior MP: Russia through with delivery of S-300 air defense system to Iran

FNA- Rapporteur of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini underlined that Russia has delivered all parts of the S-300 air defense system to Iran as both countries have agreed to boost their logistic and technical cooperation.

“The Russian-made air defense system was eventually handed over to Iran despite many ups and downs,” Naqavi Hosseini said.

The senior lawmaker reiterated that Iran and Russia have agreed to develop their logistical and technical cooperation.

“Given the full implementation of the S-300 deal by Russia, there is no need for pursuing the complaint at the International Court of Arbitration over delays in delivery of the air defense system,” Naqavi Hosseini added.

He underlined that Tehran and Moscow have excellent ties in the military and defense fields.

Moscow and Tehran had signed a contract for the delivery of five battalion sets of S-300 PMU1 air defense missile systems in 2007.

Iran displayed the first S-300 air defense missile system imported from Russia in April. A battalion of the S-300 missile defense system was showed off in military parades in Tehran.

The first cargo of missiles special to the Russian S-300 missile defense system arrived in Iran in July.

Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced in August that the Russian S-300 missile defense system has been deployed and integrated into the country’s missile defense network.

“The S-300 system has been delivered and a part of it was deployed,” Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini quoted General Dehqan as saying in his meeting with the Commission members in Tehran.

Naqavi Hosseini also said that General Dehqan had underlined continued projects to design and produce different radars and satellites by the defense ministry experts, reiterating that the country wants to keep up advancements in the field.

Iran has also deployed S-300 air defense missile systems at the country’s Fordo nuclear site, a senior commander announced late August.

“The S-300 air defense missile systems are now stationed in Fordo nuclear site,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli underlined.

He reiterated that the nuclear industry is a national achievement which needs to be protected seriously.

General Esmayeeli said that air defense exercises are practiced only once in non-nuclear sites, adding, “However, in nuclear centers the exercises are conducted several times.”