Iran to get Russian S-300 air defense systems by March 2016 — Iranian defense minister

There is no official information yet which modification of S-300 Iran plans to obtain: S-300PMU-1, which has been discontinued but may be specially produced for the Iranian side, or S-300VM

TEHRAN, November 10. /TASS/. Iran will get Russian S-300 air defense missile systems by March 2016, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan said Tuesday.

Russia and Iran signed a contract in 2007 for the supply of five S-300PMU-1 battalions but in the autumn of 2010 then-President Dmitry Medvedev banned the supply of these systems to Tehran. The contract worth more than $800 million was annulled and the paid advance was returned to Iran.

Iran filed an almost $4 billion lawsuit against Russia at the Geneva Court of Arbitration over Russia’s nonfulfillment of the contract.

In the spring of 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on the supply of S-300 systems to Tehran.

There is no official information yet which modification of S-300 Iran plans to obtain: S-300PMU-1, which has been discontinued but may be specially produced for the Iranian side, or S-300VM.

Russia, Iran Sign Deal on Mi-17 Helicopter Service Center Upgrade

A Mi-17 V-5 helicopter is demonstrated at the testing facility of the OAO Kazan Helicopter Plant, part of the Helicopters of Russia, a Russian helicopter building holding.

 

The Russian Helicopters Company has signed contracts with the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (PANHA) on upgrading its maintenance and overhaul facility for Mi-17 helicopters, the Russian company’s deputy head said Wednesday.

DUBAI/ Two contracts have been reached to “in compliance with the memorandum signed in October 2015 with the PANHA factory on its retrofitting,” Alexander Shcherbinin told RIA Novosti at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates.According to Shcherbinin, the first contract stipulates “general conditions of providing technical assistance in retrofitting the center for maintenance and overhaul of Mi-17 series of helicopters.”

The second contract envisages general conditions for spare part supplies and instructions on Mi-17s maintenance and overhaul, Shcherbinin said.

The Mil Mi-17 is among the world’s most popular Russian-made transport helicopters due to its advanced flight capabilities, high level of reliability and adaptability, ability to operate in a wide range of climatic conditions and ease of operation and maintenance.

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Russia’s S-300 for Iran: What Has Washington So Scared?

Military exercise involving S-300 surface-to-air missile systems

 

The Russian-made S-300 missile defense systems in Iran will prevent the US from exerting political pressure on Tehran and will strengthen Russia’s positions in the region, especially at a time when Moscow is leading a successful counterterrorism campaign in Syria, TV Channel Zvezda reported.

The United States fully understands that “Russian and Chinese weapons in the Middle East dramatically alter the balance of power in the region and beyond,” the media outlet quoted Ruslan Pukhov, who heads the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, as saying.

The S-300, believed to be one of the best missile defense systems in the world, has already demonstrated what it is capable of – not in military, but rather political terms.For instance, they served as a potent deterrent in Syria in 2012, the media outlet noted. Three years ago Washington decided not to strike Damascus-led forces among other things because the Syrian Army had a number of these surface-to-air missile batteries in service. The Americans, according to Zvezda, did not want to see the S-300 in action.

American experts say that S-300 systems in Iran will ultimately create a no-fly zone for the F-16s and F/A-18s over the country, the media outlet noted. The B-2s and F-22s are capable of operating in areas guarded by the S-300 for a limited amount of time since the Russian-made missile defense system can easily change its location within hours.

“This missile defense system could deny access to the airspace over the Persian Gulf. … It could almost completely neutralize Turkey’s military capabilities. Israel and Saudi Arabia will automatically lose their air supremacy and will be unable to carry out airstrikes in the region as well as some parts of Syria,” he noted.

Moscow and Tehran signed an $800-million deal for the delivery of five S-300 missile systems 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 will be for peaceful purposes.

Rostec CEO: Russia’s contract with Iran on S-300 missile system delivery comes into force

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DUBAI, November 9. /TASS/. Russia’s contract for the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran has been signed and has come into force, the head of state hi-tech corporation Rostec, which integrates Rosoboronexport state arms seller, said on Monday.

“The contract on S-300 systems has been signed,” Sergey Chemezov said, without specifying the modification of antiaircraft missile systems that would be delivered to Iran.

Russia and Iran signed a contract in 2007 for the supply of five S-300PMU-1 battalions but in the autumn of 2010 then-President Dmitry Medvedev banned the supply of these systems to Tehran. The contract worth more than $800 million was annulled and the paid advance was returned to Iran.

Iran filed an almost $4 billion lawsuit against Russia at the Geneva Court of Arbitration over Russia’s nonfulfillment of the contract.

In the spring of 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on the supply of S-300 systems to Tehran.

Russia May Supply Iran With Defensive Ground-Based Electronic Systems

Russia is considering the delivery of ground-based electronic warfare (EW) systems for defense to Iran

According to the manufacturer, Russia is considering the delivery of ground-based electronic warfare (EW) systems for defense to Iran.

DUBAI.  Russia is considering the delivery of ground-based electronic warfare (EW) systems for defense to Iran, the manufacturer said Monday.

“We are ready to consider a possibility of ground-based EW complexes delivery to Iran if necessary and should the political situation allow,” Igor Nasenkov, the first deputy general director of the Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), told RIA Novosti at the Dubai Airshow-2015.

KRET, one of Russia’s largest holding companies, was founded in 2009. The company is part of the Rostec state technologies corporation, uniting over 95 radio-electronic industrial companies.

The manufacturer has developed several EW systems, including the radar complex Moskva-1, onboard defense system President-S for civil and military aircraft, and the Rtut-BM system to alert troops and equipment to incoming artillery fire.

Clear Skies: Iran About to Acquire Russian S-300 Missile Defense Systems

An S-300 surface-to-air missile system

 

Russia has signed a contract with Iran on the delivery of S-300 missile defense systems and as soon as the first part of the contract is fulfilled.

DUBAI. Russia has signed a contract with Iran on the delivery of S-300 missile defense systems and as soon as the first part of the contract is fulfilled, Tehran will rescind its court case against Russia for non-delivery, the head of Russia’s state technologies corporation Rostec said Monday.

“The contract on delivery of S-300 to Iran has not only been signed by the sides but has already entered into force,” Sergei Chemezov said at the Dubai Airshow-2015.

He added that as soon as the first part of the contract is fulfilled, then Iran would rescind its court case against Russia for the non-delivery of the system, basically due to economic sanctions that were in place against Tehran.

Chemezov didn’t elaborate exactly which variations of the S-300 missile defense systems will be supplied to Iran.

Moscow and Tehran signed an $800-million deal for the delivery of five S-300 missile systems 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 will be for peaceful purposes.

Contract with Iran for S-300 to be signed in 2016 — Russian delegation at Dubai Airshow

S-300 air defense missile system

S-300 air defense missile system

DUBAI, November 9. /TASS/. The new contract with Iran for delivery of the S-300 air defense missile systems will be signed early next year, a spokesman for the Russian delegation at the Dubai Airshow 2015 international aerospace show told TASS.

“Talks with the Iranian side on forming the image of the S-300 air defense missile system are continuing and will be completed not earlier than early next year,” the spokesman said.

He said the Almaz-Antey concern, which will be the head performer of the contract, is capable of ensuring production and delivery of S-300s to Iran 18 months after the signing of the contract.

There is no official information yet which modification of S-300 Iran plans to obtain: S-300PMU-1, which has been discontinued but may be specially produced for the Iranian side, or S-300VM.

Iranian Planes Bring Iraqi Volunteer Battalion to Fight ISIL in Syria

Iranians take pictures in front of a C-130 plane in an exhibition of achievements and equipment of Iran's air force in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

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The first photographic evidence of an Iranian Air Force plane that brought Iraqi Shiite volunteer fighters to Syria to fight against ISIL terrorists has appeared on the Internet.

A picture posted on the Instagram account of the Iranian group Holy Defense shows an Iraqi soldier standing in front of an Iranian C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft supposedly in Syria.

“This is probably the first picture of an Iranian Hercules made in Syria and the first documented evidence of the Iranian Air Force being in Syria. Flights have been made from Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran and the city of Tabriz [in the northwest of Iran] since the beginning of the Syrian conflict,” a source from Holy Defense told Sputnik.

Iranian planes also bring drones that are used for reconnaissance flights above ISIL military bases, the source told Sputnik.

Comments underneath the picture reveal that some of the Iraqi fighters came to Syria after the beginning of Russian anti-ISIL airstrikes in Syria.

Apart from Iraqi volunteer fighters, the Iranian planes brought with them arms and military equipment, Holy Defense said.

Russia Delivering Air Defense Systems to Iran

Russian Buk air defense missile systems make their way through Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow

 

The list of weapons banned from being delivered to Iran does not include air defense, some types of electronics, head of Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin said.

Russia is already delivering air defense systems, as well as certain types of electronics to Iran, the head of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Monday.

“The list of weapons banned from being delivered to Iran does not include certain weapons, such as air defense, some types of electronics. It is in these areas that the Russian Federation, through Rosoboronexport, maintains contacts and provides these types of weapons to Iran,” Anatoly Isaikin told Rossiya-24 television.

Iran to withdraw lawsuit against Russia when missile system contract is signed — exporter

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“The Iranian side will withdraw its lawsuit as soon as the contact takes effect and we are in full compliance with our liabilities,” Isaikin told a news briefing in reply to media questions.