Dubai Airshow: Renaissance of Russian Air Defense Technology in Middle East

S-300VM Antei-2500 air defense system

 

The signing of a contract to supply Russian S-300 missile defense systems to Iran became a major highlight of the 2015 Dubai Air Show that wrapped up on Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow on Monday, the head of Russia’s largest defense and technology holding, Rostec Sergei Chemezov said that under the new contract, Iran will drop its $4 billion lawsuit filed against Russia’s state arms export agency Rosoboronexport in 2011, after the first stage of the contract has been completed, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Russia is now offering potential buyers the more advanced S-400 missile system. China has already signed a contract to purchase them and many other countries, including Saudi Arabia, are also mulling the prospect.

Sergei Chemezov said that Russia was now negotiating the sale of Buk and Antei-2500 air defense systems to Egypt.Mentioning the importance of the Middle East for the Russian arms exporters, Rosoboronexport director Anatoly Isaikin said that several Gulf states, including the United Arab Emirates, were now deciding exactly which military hardware was best for them – American, European of Russian.

It was also announced during the Dubai air show that the Emirates’ Air Force was considering the purchase of Russia’s advanced Su-35 4++ generation fighter jets.

Officials at Rostec said that China and Brazil were also willing to buy a number of Su-35s and that Indonesia had already placed an order for Russia’s most advance military jet.

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’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.

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.

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.