Iran would persuade Moscow to deliver the S-300 air defense missile system 0710131

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Monday, October 7, 2013 08:44 AM
 
Iran would persuade Moscow to deliver the S-300 air defense missile system.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham expressed the hope that the talks between Iran and Russia over the delivery of S-300 air defense missile system would persuade Moscow to fulfill its international commitment to this end. “In line with the friendly ties between Iran and Russia, negotiations between officials and experts in charge are continuing, so that the international obligations of the Russian side will be fulfilled and a result will be reached on the S-300 system,” Afkham said on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
     
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham expressed the hope that the talks between Iran and Russia over the delivery of S-300 air defense missile system would persuade Moscow to fulfill its international commitment to this end. “In line with the friendly ties between Iran and Russia, negotiations between officials and experts in charge are continuing, so that the international obligations of the Russian side will be fulfilled and a result will be reached on the S-300 system,” Afkham said on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
S-300 PMU2 air defense missile system at MAKS, Moscow air Show.
     

Iran signed in 2007 a contract worth $800mln to buy five Russian S-300 missile defense systems.

But the deal was scrapped in 2010 by then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who was unilaterally expanding on sanctions against Iran imposed by the UN Security Council.

Iran filed a $4bln lawsuit against Russia in the international arbitration court in Geneva, which is currently pending review.

Moscow has struggled to have the lawsuit dropped, including by offering the Tor anti-aircraft missile systems as replacement, media reported earlier this month, adding that the offer was rejected by Tehran.

The Antey-2500, however, may be a better solution. The system does not formally fall under the existing sanctions against Iran while still being useful for the Middle-Eastern country.

While the S-300 was developed for the use by missile defense forces, the Antey-2500was specifically tailored for the needs of ground forces, which could also be an advantage for Iran, known for its large land force.

The S-300 is a series of Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems produced by NPO Almaz, all based on the initial S-300P version. The S-300 system 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 missile system was first deployed by the Soviet Union in 1979, designed for the air defense of large industrial and administrative facilities, military bases, and control of airspace against enemy strike aircraft.

 

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