Russia will deliver to Iran two regiments S-300PMU2 SA-20B Gargoyle air defense missile systems TASS 12512152

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Russia will deliver to Iran two regiments S-300PMU2 SA-20B Gargoyle air defense missile systems
Russia will deliver two regiment-size set of S-300PMU-2 (NATO reporting name: SA-20B Gargoyle) air defense missile systems worth over $1 billion to Iran before late September 2016, a source in the military technical cooperation sphere told TASS on Friday, December 25, 2015.
     
Russia will deliver two regiment-size set of S-300PMU-2 (NATO reporting name: SA-20B Gargoyle) air defense missile systems worth over $1 billion to Iran before late September 2016, a source in the military technical cooperation sphere told TASS on Friday, December 25, 2015. Russia S-300PMU2 battery during the celebration of 100th Anniversary of Russian Air Force in Zhukovskiy.
     
"Russia will deliver two regiment-size S-300PMU-2 sets in two batches divided by a short period to Iran. Each set consists of the regimental command post and two battalions of four launchers each. The delivery is slated for completion in September 2016," the source said.

According to him, the deal is valued at more than $1 billion.

About 80 Iranian troops will be trained in using S-300PMU-2 air defense missile systems at the training centers of the Mozhaisky Space Military Academy, a source in the military technical cooperation sphere told TASS.

"Around 80 Iranian military personnel will start their S-300PMU-2 course at the training centers of the Mozhaisky Academy in January 2016. The course will take about four months. Its cost is covered by the contract. Once the course has been completed, the Iranians will return home, probably, in May," the source said.

Iran ordered five S-300 battalions worth over $800 million, but the then president, Dmitry Medvedev, banned their transfer to Iran in 2010. The contract was cancelled, the advanced payment was returned to Iran, but the latter filed a lawsuit in the Geneva arbitration for almost $4 billion for Russia’s failure to execute the agreement.

President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on the S-300’s export to Iran in spring 2015. According to Sergei Chemezov, head of Rosoboronexport’s parent company Rostec, the contract came into force early in November. Vladimir Kozhin, presidential assistant for military technical cooperation, confirmed that in early December. Later, Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin told journalists that the Iranian suite would be recalled after the first S-300 battalion’s delivery.
     
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