Iran receives first delivery of Russian S-300 missile systems
Tehran has received the first delivery of S-300 air-defense missile systems from Moscow to create an integrated air-defense system, according to Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi-Ansari.
“We have already said that, despite the repeated changes of terms of delivery, the implementation of the agreement has started, and today I can announce that the first batch of equipment has been delivered to Iran,” said Jaberi-Ansari.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov and representatives of Russia’s military export agency Rosoboronexport declined to comment on the information about the beginning of S-300 deliveries to Iran.
However, according to the Russian news agency Interfax’s source in Russia’s military-industrial complex, Moscow began the implementation of the agreement in March 2016.
State arms exporter Rosoboronexport confirmed in early April that deliveries would begin in the near future.
According to Interfax, Iran’s armed forces will deploy the first regiment set of S-300 systems this summer – the Iranian military is currently being trained to operate these systems.
S-300s may be followed by S-400s
According to a RBTH source in the military-industrial complex, Moscow and Tehran are continuing talks on the development of the Islamic Republic’s integrated air-defense system.
In particular, during the visit of Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan to Moscow in February 2016, military-technical cooperation and the possibility of supply of S-400s were discussed.
However, according to RBTH’s source, Moscow will not start delivering these systems to its foreign partners until it supplies 18 regiment sets of the S-400 to its own army. And Iran would have to wait in line after China, India and some other countries.
“Iran is also showing an interest in Su-30 multi-purpose fighters, Msta-S artillery systems, T-90S tanks, Buk-M2 air-defense missile systems, Pantsir-S1 air-defense missile-gun systems and other domestic weapons,” the RBTH source said.
“But until the UN Security Council’s sanctions are lifted, Moscow will not supply these systems to the Islamic Republic.”
A complicated story
In 2007, Moscow and Tehran signed a $800-million agreement to supply five division sets of S-300 PMU1 air-defense missile systems, consisting of 40 launchers.
However, after the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran entered into force in 2010, Russia could not fulfill its contractual obligations.
Later, the Islamic Republic’s top military and political leadership filed a $4-billion lawsuit against Moscow with the International Court of Arbitration in Switzerland due to the failure of the contract.
After the signing of a nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany in April 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled the 2010 decree prohibiting the supply of S-300 air-defense systems to the Islamic Republic.
As a result, Tehran’s military and political leadership withdrew its lawsuit against Russia in the Swiss court.
Expert: Iran needs Russian air defense system, but Moscow is a partner in the fight against Islamic State
MOSCOW, 11 Feb — RIA Novosti. Iran needs deliveries of Russian defensive anti-aircraft missile systems s-300, but Moscow needed ally in the fight against ISIS, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, a military analyst, Professor of political science and sociology, Russian University of Economics named after G. V. Plekhanov retired Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Perendzhiev after the statement of the foreign Ministry of Iran on the delivery of Russian AAMS.
The representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Hossein Jaber Ansari on Monday said that the first batch of Russian s-300 have already arrived in Iran.
“Statement by the Iranian foreign Ministry says that Russia finally began to fulfill its obligations to Iran. In the current environment of the Russian Federation ceased to pay attention to the view, first of all, the United States of America. She has previously taken this view into account when deciding on the supplies of s-300. Now this is not, what pleases me,” said Perendzhiev.
According to him, about the supply to Iran of Russian AAMS can certainly do angry protests from Western politicians. “Including, by the way, Israel will make a negative comment,” he added Perendzhiev.
“However, we need Iran as an ally, primarily on middle East questions. He has serious help in the fight against ISIL (international terrorist group, banned in Russia and some States of the world) in Syria. A lot of good Iran is doing in resolving the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, in containing various negative actions against Russia by Turkey. Cannot be discounted and the role of Iran in containing the Taliban and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan. The role of Iran’s positive for us.He is a reliable partner in ensuring our national interests and international security,” said military analyst.
He believes that Iran will use Russian air-defense systems solely to repel aggression from the air. “S-300 is not an offensive weapon, and Iran has this right to possess weapons to defend themselves,” concluded Perendzhiev.
Russia and Iran signed in 2007 a contract to supply s-300 cost about $ 900 million. However, with the adoption on 9 June 2010 the UN security Council resolution on Iran, which banned the transfer of modern weapons, began the curtailment of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Iran. In April 2015 the President of Russia lifted the ban on the supply of s-300 to Iran.
In June, the assistant to the President for questions military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said that Moscow and Tehran are preparing a contract to supply s-300. However, he stressed that the system s-300 has undergone changes that have improved its performance characteristics. In November 2015 the head of state Corporation “rostec” Sergey Chemezov has declared that the contract entered into force.
The Iranian side is waiting for the termination of deliveries in the first half of 2016.