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.

 

Iran Denies Harassing US Navy Vessels in Persian Gulf

 

 Riverine Command Boat (RCB) 805 in the Persian Gulf. (File)

 

   The US Navy claims its ships have been harassed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Persian Gulf on multiple occasions. On Sunday, Tehran denied that these incidents occurred.

   Last week, Pentagon officials claimed that the USS Firebolt was intercepted by Iranian attack craft while operating in international waters in the Persian Gulf. According to the US Navy, this was, at a minimum, the 31st encounter of its kind since January.

“We’ve seen an uptick in confrontations by Iranian vessels in the Arabian Gulf,” said Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the top US commander in the region, according to The Hill.

   “Ultimately if they continue to test us we’re going to respond and we’re going to protect ourselves and our partners.”

   On Sunday, Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, dismissed the claims, adding that Tehran has acted in accordance with international law.

“Iranian boats continue to act based on defined standards and are well aware of the international laws and regulations, so the claims are not only untrue, but stem from their fear of the power of Iran’s soldiers,” he said, according to Military.com.

   “When Iranian boats pass by them at a distance of a few kilometers, Americans claim that Iranian boats have approached them within a range of one kilometer.”

   He added that Tehran will continue to act normally, despite US claims of aggression.

“Iran’s marine corps will never be stopped by the propaganda of extra-regional enemies and their vassals in the region in guarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s sea borders and economic interests,” Jazayeri said.

   In addition to the Firebolt, Washington claims that the USS Nitze was intercepted by four Iranian vessels while sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. Following this encounter, similar incidents occurred with the USS Squall, USS Stout, and USS Tempest.

   Earlier this year, two US Navy patrol vessels drifted into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. Crewmembers were apprehended by the Revolutionary Guard in an incident that nearly sparked an international crisis in the midst of the Iran nuclear negotiations.

   Iranian defense minister Gen. Hosein Deghan defended Tehran’s actions, maintaining that it would perform similar intercepts as often as necessary.

“If any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them,” he told Tasnim news agency, “and if it’s an invasion, we confront.

US, Turkey Not Likely to Liberate Raqqa Without Green Light From Russia, Iran

 

Syrian city Raqqa

 

   Commenting on the recent announcement of the Turkish president that “Ankara sees no problem” in joining forces with the US to free the Syrian city Raqqa from Daesh, Russian political analyst Boris Dolgov said that such an operation will be held only after consultations with Russia and Iran.

Ankara and Washington are discussing military action on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Daesh), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told a group of journalists on his way back to Turkey from the G-20 summit in China, where he had a tête-à-tête meeting with US President Barack Obama,” Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported on Wednesday morning.

   “Obama particularly wants to do something together [with us] about Raqqa. We have told him that this is not a problem for us,” it quotes the president as further elaborating.

   The Turkish leader said that Ankara has suggested the high-ranking soldiers of both parties could come together and discuss the issue.

   “What can be done there will become more concrete after talks,” he said. “What can be done on the issue is related to the US stance.”

   Commenting on the above announcement, Senior research fellow at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Boris Dolgov noted that such an operation won’t be launched without previous consultations with Russia and Iran.

   The political analyst said that even though Washington and Ankara have a solid case for liberating the Daesh stronghold in the region, they may still have ulterior motives.

   In particular, he says, it might be an implementation of the “American scenario” of the solution to the Syrian crisis.

   “Both Raqqa and north of Syria are the territories of the sovereign state and if the above plan is going to be implemented, Raqqa will find itself under Turkish control,” he told in an interview with RIA Novosti.

   “Turkey, in turn, is leading the units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), hence it would mean that part of Syria would then find itself under control of the FSA. And this would have far-reaching consequences,” the expert explained.

   Afterwards, Boris Dolgov said, using the presence of the FSA in the region, the US and Turkey might form an alternative leadership in the region and with its support lay down certain conditions to the country’s legitimate government.

   Dolgov is, however, convinced that it is premature to speculate on the launch of the operation.

   “This operation will inevitably preceded by consultations with Russia and Iran. Russian Airspace Forces now partially control Syrian air space, thus there is a clear need in consultations with the Russian military leadership,” he finally said.

Russia So Far Delivered Over Half of Agreed Number of S-300s to Iran

 

 An S-300 surface-to-air missile system

 

   Russia has delivered over half of the agreed number of S-300 air defense systems to Iran, Russian presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin told Sputnik on Tuesday.

In August, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that Tehran was expecting Moscow to fulfill its commitments on the deliveries of S-300 air defense systems within September, adding that the main part of the batch had arrived in Iran.

   “We have delivered half already, even more,” Kozhin said.

The $800-million Moscow-Tehran contract to deliver Russian-made S-300 air defense systems to Iran was signed in 2007. In 2011, Iran sued Russia in the Geneva Arbitration Court after Moscow suspended the contract in 2010, citing a UN Security Council resolution that placed an arms embargo on Tehran.

   Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the S-300 delivery ban in April 2015, shortly after the P5+1 group of international negotiators and Iran reached a framework nuclear agreement to remove all economic sanctions against Tehran in exchange for its pledge to ensure that all nuclear research in the country should serve exclusively peaceful purposes.