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TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia is committed to its agreement for the delivery of the anti-aircraft S-300 missile system to Iran, Head of Russia's Technical and Military Cooperation Agency Michael Dmitriev said.
Dmitriev made the remarks at a press conference in Slovakia's capital city Bratislava on Wednesday, adding "The S-300s contract with Iran has not been annulled and Russia would honor and implement it."
He added, "Negotiations with the Iranian side on implementing the S300s contract are still going on."
Islamic Republic's defense minister says new missile named Mersad 'can destroy modern planes in low and medium altitudes'
AFP, Published: 04.11.10, 11:03 / Israel News
Iran has started mass-producing a new medium-range anti-aircraft missile, state media reported on Sunday quoting Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.
Vahidi said the missile named Mersad (Ambush) "can destroy modern planes in low and medium altitudes," without elaborating on its actual range.
Iran says its first domestically-built air defense system, which is said to be more powerful than the US-made Hawk missile, is ready to become operational.
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Sunday that the anti-aircraft missile, dubbed Mersad (Ambush), features cutting-edge technology that makes it able to “destroy modern aircrafts at low and medium altitudes.”
Mersad is also equipped with sophisticated radar signal processing technology, an advanced launcher, and contains exclusive electronic equipment for guidance and target acquisition.
“The state-of-the-art technology used in Mersad links it to other anti-aircraft batteries and provides it with the unique ability to combat electronic warfare," he continued, adding that the dynamic system features capabilities that are superior than those in the US-made Hawk missile, which Iran purchased in the 1970s.
This comes only a day after Iran announced that the country's first indigenous air defense system, dubbed Mersad (Ambush), is ready to become operational.
Originally posted by JanusFIN
Lets not forget the fact - These are 100% defensive weapons.
Every sovereign country has (or should have) all the rights to buy defensive weaponry as they wish for.
Proposed new UN sanctions against Iran will not stop Russia from fulfilling its contract to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to the Islamic Republic, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Friday.
"This draft resolution does not affect existing contracts between Russia and Iran," the head of the upper house's international relations committee, Mikhail Margelov, said.
The so-called Iran Six - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia - discussed on Tuesday a draft Security Council resolution expanding sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
Observers say however the delivery of Russian S-300s will be prohibited under the draft resolution, which includes a ban on the supply of defensive weapons to Iran.
But Margelov called the draft resolution "balanced" and said the proposed sanctions are not "paralyzing or suffocating."
"We are talking only about those inevitable measures which might be needed if Iran does not play by the IAEA rules," he said.
"Russia is a responsible seller of any of its products on foreign markets and we are not interested in the militarization of the [Middle East] region," Margelov told reporters.
Moscow signed a contract on supplying Iran with at least five S-300 systems in December 2005. However, the contract's implementation by Russia has so far been delayed.
The United States and Israel have called on Russia not to deliver the missiles to Iran.
The West is also concerned by Russia's role in helping Iran to build its first nuclear power plant in Bushehr. The head of the Russian State Atomic Energy corporation, Sergei Kiriyenko, said last week the plant will begin operating by late summer.
MOSCOW, May 21 (RIA Novosti)
Originally posted by warpcrafter
Unless these systems come with some sort of super-radar that can render stealth aircraft visible, they are useless. Don't think for a second that the Israeli's don't have stealth, or can't get it if they really wanted...