Iranian Defense Minister Confirms Latest Missile Test – Reports

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan

 

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan confirmed Tehran had tested a new missile, Tasnim news reported Wednesday.

   On Sunday, media reports suggested that Iran conducted a medium-range ballistic missile test near Semnan, in 225 kilometers (140 miles) from Tehran.

“Defense Minister confirms Iran ‘s new missile test,” Tasnim news service said on its Twitter account.

He added that the missile test did not violate the nuclear agreement between Tehran and P5+1 group of world powers or the UN Security Council resolution.On Tuesday, EU foreign policy chief’s spokeswoman Nabila Massrali said that the European Union was concerned about the latest ballistic missile test conducted and urged Tehran to abstain from further actions that could negatively affect the mutual trust.

Iran ready to consider Russia’s request for using Hamadan military base

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MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Iran is ready to consider Russia’s request for using the Iranian military base at Hamadan at any time but talks on the issue have not begun yet, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told RT channel on Wednesday,

“Since we’re cooperating with Russia in struggle with terrorism, we’re given some privileges to it as regards the landings and takeoffs of combat aircraft and we’ll consider these privileges for Russia again when we feel it necessary and if Russia makes a request for them,” he said adding that Ithe Iranian authorities would consider the current circumstances and would make an appropriate decision.

“We didn’t sign any agreement with Russia that would allow it to use our bases anytime,” Dehghan said. “Proceeding from the circumstances and in case of a request from Russia, we’ll be ready to grant assistance if we see a need for it.”

In August, the Russian Aerospace Force used the Iranian airbase at Hamadan for the first time for delivering strikes at militants in Syria.

 

Russia Stands for Long-Term Military Cooperation With Iran

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, a Russian Tu-22M3 bomber stands on the tarmac at an air base near Hamedan, Iran.

The Russian defense minister said Moscow-Tehran relations were characterized by a willingness to coordinate approaches to a wide range of issues.

     Russia stands for long-term and multifaceted Russian-Iranian cooperation in the military sphere, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday at a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehghan.
    “Our relations are distinguished by a high level of confidential political dialogue, a willingness to coordinate the approaches to a wide range of global and regional issues. We are in favor of long-term and multifaceted Russian-Iranian military cooperation,” Shoigu said.

Russia’s Almaz-Antey to modernize Iran’s aircraft navigation system

 

 

December 7 – Russia’s defense manufacturer Almaz-Antey and Iran’s Shiraz Electronics Industries signed an agreement on cooperation, the press service of the Russian company said on Wednesday.
The sides agreed to cooperate in joint scientific research, developments, production, supplies and maintenance of equipment and its components for managing air traffic, communications, navigation and surveillance, the company said.
The goal of the agreement is to use the capabilities of Almaz-Antey and Shiraz Electronics Industries “for developing the aircraft navigation system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and also advancing the results of joint scientific research and developments on the markets of third countries,” the statement said.

Iran Ready to Allow Russian Jets to Use Hamadan Base for ‘Takeoff and Refueling’

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November 29 – Last week, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that Tehran could allow Russia’s use of the Noje Airbase in Hamadan for the aerial campaign against terrorists in Syria if the situation demanded it.
If the situation and conditions [in Syria] demand to provide the support, we will do this job,” Dehghan said.
In an interview with Sputnik Persian, Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to the Iranian foreign minister, commented on the possible option for the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Hamadan airfield. “I’d like to emphasize that Iran never gave to Russia full control over the Noje base in Hamadan. This airbase belongs to Iran and all activities at the base are controlled by Tehran,” Sheikholeslam said. In mid-August, Iran already allowed Russian jets to operate from a base in the Hamadan province. The jets returned to Russia a week later, after completing their counterterrorism mission, which targeted jihadists in Syria. According to Sheikholeslam, all operations by Russian aviation in Hamadan were controlled by Tehran. “Tehran never gave full control over the airfield to any foreign country. This would contradict the country’s constitution,” the adviser added.
The use of the Hamadan airfield by the Russian aviation in August was the first time when Iranian territory had been used by foreign military forces since 1946.
As for the possible use of the Hamadan airbase by Russia again, Sheikholeslam underscored that “if needed the issue will be agreed with Moscow.” “If the situation demands it, like it was in August, we’re ready to allow Russian warplanes to take off and refuel at this airfield,” he pointed out. The Russian Aerospace Forces may need to use the Hamadan airbase if the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser deployed to the Mediterranean is far from the Syrian coast and cannot be used for airstrikes, said Viktor Ozerov, head of the Defense and Security Committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament.

Iran’s demand for Russian weaponry is estimated at $10 bln

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TEHRAN, November 14. /TASS/. Iran’s demand for Russian military hardware is estimated at about $10 billion, the chairman of the Federation Council’s defense and security committee, Viktor Ozerov, told the media on Monday.

He recalled that formally anti-Iranian sanctions had been lifted, which enabled the Russian president to give a go-ahead to the supply of S-300 air defense systems.

“The same UN Security Council resolution says that armor, artillery systems, planes and combat aircraft may be provided without UN Security Council’s permission up to October 2020,” he said.

“The package of contracts that have been discussed by now and Iran’s demand are estimated at about $10 billion. It is not an amount to be provided over one year. It will take far more time,” Ozerov said.

Offensive weapon systems may be provided on the condition there must be a request from Russia or Iran for such permission, he explained.

“There’s been no such request so far, but work on such issues is in progress. If the United States and Europe fail to grant permission, then we will get back to this issue in October 2020, when the formal legal aspect of this will be gone,” Ozerov said.

 

MP says no need for Russia to use Iranian airfields for Syria operation

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TEHRAN, November 14. /TASS/. The Russian air task force’s operation in Syria requires no use of Iranian airfields now, Head of the Defense and Security Committee in the Federation Council (the upper house of Russia’s parliament) Viktor Ozerov said on Monday.

“After we have ratified the agreement on our military air base in Syria, there is no need today to use in any degree Iranian air harbors,” the senator said.

It is possible, however, to return to the issue of using Iranian aerodromes, if the situation changes, he noted.

“Today, there is no such need,” the senator said.