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MOSCOW (AP) - Moscow and Tehran signed an agreement providing for Russia to provide Tor M-1 air defense systems to Iran, the Vedomosti business daily reported Friday.
The newspaper cited an unidentified manager at a military-industrial enterprise as saying Russia would provide Iran with 29 Tor missiles systems that had originally been manufactured on orders from Greece.
The Rosoboronexport state arms export agency said it had no information on the reported deal.
While the conventional weapons deal would not violate international agreements, Moscow can expect a heated reaction from the United States, the newspaper predicted.
"I expect that Russia's decision to supply the complexes to Iran will meet a negative reaction from the West, but this criticism will be of a political rather than legal character," Vedomosti quoted Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, as saying.
The Interfax news agency said that Russian and Iranian officials had signed contracts in November for more than US$1 billion (¤850 million). Citing an unnamed source in the Russian military-industrial complex, Interfax said up to 30 To-M1 air defense systems would be sent to Tehran in 2006-2008.
Interfax said that the Tor-M1 system could identify up to 48 targets and fire at two targets simultaneously at a height of up to 6,000 meters (20,000 feet).
as posted by proprog
well, another reason why Israel shouldn't attack iran's nuke facilities
Originally posted by proprog
not quite sure, but I remember iranians selling a few of their F14's to Russia back in 90s.
Originally posted by Sep
Please forgive my ignorance regarding the subject, but may I ask what is the longest range "Wild Weasel" in the possession of Israel. Does Israel have the ability to deploy these weapons from Israel soil? What are some ways, if any, that Wild Weasels can be intercepted by Iran? Thanks for you time in advance.
SEAD (pronunciation: see-add), or Suppression of Enemy Air Defences operations are military actions to suppress enemy surface-based air defences (SAMs and AAA) primarily in, but not limited to, the first hours of an attack.
The weapons most often associated with the mission are Anti-radiation missiles (ARMs) such as the American AGM-88 HARM and British ALARM. However an SEAD mission can be anything which damages or destroys a component of an air defence system, for example a Paveway LGB is not a SEAD-specific munition but when used to destroy a radar antenna it achieves the objective of Suppression of Enemy Air Defence.
Originally posted by Sep
Please forgive my ignorance regarding the subject, but may I ask what is the longest range "Wild Weasel" in the possession of Israel. Does Israel have the ability to deploy these weapons from Israel soil?
...and Iran, Israel, and Turkey have aerial refueling capability.
Originally posted by StellarX
And apparently there is something special enough about the S-300
US set to buy Russian missiles
"These (Soviet) intelligence victories continued until recent times with the KGB stealing the U.S. Patriot anti-missile technology on which the Soviets based their modern version, the S-300, which it now exports to any buyer for hard currency."
Originally posted by Seekerof
What is in dispute and contested is the continued claims put forth on their being so effective and vaunted.
What is also in dispute and continually contested is the hype surrounding the S-400. You know, much like some say concerning the over-hyping of the F-22 and stealth technology?
At any rate, after reading that 2001 BBC article you linked concerning the US proposal to buy some S-300s, perhaps one of the real reasoning behind such a proposal was so to compare [reverse engineer] designs?
Perhaps even to find out if what was found and presented by a well-established member within the realworld aeronautical community presented was true, here:
S-300 = Patriot ?
Originally posted by Raideur
The day Israel declared itself a nation, every surrounding arab nation declared war on them. Since then they have fought off not only several major wars, but also a harsh terrorism campaign that no country has ever had to deal with, and in the mist of this, the arab nations continue to say the destruction of Israel is the key goal. They are also getting nukes, but that doesnt connect...
Israel, throughout its history has simply defended itself, and yes, its cards arent clean, but neither are Irans...
And to be quite frank, I'd trust Israel more than Iran with nukes.
Originally posted by proprog
btw, why iranians don't just buy the new s400 package?
The Iranian air defense will get the Russian surface-to-air missile system Pechora-2A in the second quarter 2006, the Russian site Grani.Ru writes citing the source in the Federal Service on Military Technical Cooperation. A draft contract is prepared and approved by Russia and Iran. System Pechora-2A provides air target range 2,2-23,6 miles and elevation from 22 yards to 12,4 miles tearing along 435 miles a second. In September this system was successfully tested on the one of the firing range in the Middle East against fighter F-16. During the modernization Pechora-2A was instrument with new electro-optical system, which allows to determine and to dwell the air targets also in the night conditions. The protection facilities against active jamming and blind smart missiles are droved in. According to the source, the Iranian party nails its colors to the mast in relation to revival of the talks on S-300 delivering. The source noted, that Russia is going to continue the cooperation in the strengthening Iran’s aircraft defense.