Iran to get S-300 missile systems delivery this year, source says. (Taz).
Russia will supply Iran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems this year, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted a high-ranking source in Russia’s Foreign Ministry as saying Aug. 19.
The source said the number of the systems to be delivered to Iran was indicated in a previously concluded contract.
Earlier, a source in the Defense Ministry of Iran told the Sputnik news agency that Tehran could receive four divisions of the modernized S-300 from Russia instead of the three stipulated by the old contract.
Russia and Iran concluded a contract in 2007 for the supply of S-300 systems.
But, after the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1929, which provided for the imposition of sanctions on Iran, the realization of the contract was suspended.
Iran, in response, filed a claim against Russia at the International Court of Arbitration. Currently, the parties are negotiating on the withdrawal of this lawsuit.
In April this year, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree removing the ban on the supply of these systems to Iran.
The S-300 is one of the most successful military products of the Russian defense industry, which has not only powerful missiles, but also high-performance radar. The S-300 can track up to 100 targets simultaneously and destroy them at a distance of up to 130 kilometers. Thus, this highly mobile system, which is collected and transported by trucks in a few minutes, will create enormous problems for the world community if Iran decides to continue to develop its nuclear program.
Tehran simply has to place the S-300 systems around its nuclear facilities, and then defensive systems will turn Iranian territory virtually into a no-fly zone. The US and NATO’s F-16s or F/A-18 Hornet planes will be shot down at the first attempt to attack.
Besides, the United States has too few (a few dozens) of the B-2 Spirit and F-22 Raptor stealth aircrafts, which can safely operate in areas defended by the S-300.
All this testifies to the fact that in the new reality, Israel has only one way out. That is to use a year or a year and a half, which will be spent on the process of delivery and installation of systems in Iran, to manage to develop a modern system of blocking the electronic control system of the S-300.
It was clear in April that Moscow would sell the systems to Iran. Moreover, it will take a few more months or perhaps years to use them. By that time, Israel will likely announce a new type of weapon that can neutralize the S-300’s combat ability.
In this case, the West will be confident that if Iran withdraws the current agreement on reducing the nuclear program, Israel and the US will be able to oppose their decision.
Saudi Arabia could help Israel finance these expensive developments since the strengthening of its eternal antagonist - Iran in the region creates a lot of problems for them as well.
Update: Per a IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly report, dated 25JUN15:
Iran will "not necessarily" order the S-300VM Antey-2500 air defence system, Russia's Interfax-AVN news agency cited a "high-ranking source in military-technological co-operation" as saying on 23JUN15.
There was widespread presumption among Russian analysts that Iran would have to accept the S-300VM because the S-300PMU-1 that it originally ordered is no longer produced by Almaz-Antey.
S-300VM systems are currently being made for Egypt, which is a close ally of Saudi Arabia, Iran's main regional rival, so Tehran might consider it to have been compromised and consequently a less attractive option than systems from the very different S-300PMU series.
The Russian business newspaper Kommersant reported on 22 June that, after "some hesitation", Iran had decided to take the S-300VM. It added that the only other option for Iran was the S-400 Triumph system, but that would be significantly more expensive and would take longer to deliver as Almaz-Antey has a backlog of orders from the Russian armed forces and China.
This assertion appeared to be echoed by the senior source cited by Interfax-AVN on 23 June. "It would be practically impossible and economically inexpedient to supply systems in the form and under the conditions set out in the old contract," he said. "This is because, first and foremost, series production of these systems stopped a long time ago."
However, he added that the systems Iran would ultimately order "will not necessarily be Antey-2500 … other options are also being discussed". The source raised the possibility that Iran could get a more advanced version of the S-300PMU series than the one it originally ordered, saying Russia could modernise systems that have been retired by the Russian armed forces. "They would not be new systems, but ones that have been used by troops for some time [which would have to undergo] serious modernisation," he said. Hmmmm........Something i predicted on this blog In APRIL.