Iran receives S-300 missile systems

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… by  Ian Greenhalgh

The much-vaunted Russian S-300 Surface-to-Air Missile system has finally arrived in Iran. 

The sale by Russia of this weapons system has caused much consternation in the USA and Israel as it is so highly capable and poses a major threat to all current US and Israeli aircraft.

Amateur footage taken by a bystander in the northern Iranian province of Gilan shows the first batch of missile systems being carried to an undisclosed location.

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1st delivery of Russian S-300 air defense system arrives in Iran – Iranian FM
Valeriy Melnikov / Sputnik, 11 Apr, 2016

The first delivery of the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile system has arrived in Iran, the country’s Foreign Ministry has announced.

“We had already announced that despite several changes in the time of delivery, the deal is on its path of implementation and today I should announce that the first part of this equipment has arrived in Iran and delivery of other parts will continue,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Jaberi Ansari told journalists, Mehr news agency reported.

He said the delivery came through the Caspian Sea, which both Iran and Russia border.

Russia’s sale of S-300 missiles to Iran has a bumpy history. The deal was first signed in 2007, but was suspended by Russia under pressure from the US and Israel. Moscow said the delivery would destabilize regional security at a time when Tehran was accused of having a clandestine nuclear weapons program.

The contract was revived last year after Iran and six leading world powers signed a nuclear deal, which addressed concerns over a potential nuclear breakout by Tehran.

The S-300 system now being delivered by Russia is the result of a new deal signed with Iran in November, and is an upgraded version of the one that Tehran initially purchased. The delivery is expected to be complete by mid-2016.

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Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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