Skip to comments.Iran to get missile system from Russia: report
Posted on 12/26/2007 9:12:37 AM PST by F15Eagle
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to sell an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran, Iran's defense minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a report likely to irritate the United States.
S-300 missiles are longer-ranging than the TOR-M1 surface-to-air missiles which Russia, in a deal criticized by the West, earlier this year said it had delivered to the Islamic Republic under a $1 billion contract.
Iran is under U.N. sanctions over its refusal to halt sensitive atomic work that Western powers suspect it wants to master so that it can build nuclear bombs, but they do not ban conventional weapons sales to the country.
"The S-300 system, under a contract signed in the past with Russia, will be delivered to Iran," Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar told Fars News Agency, without giving details.
"The timing of the delivery ... will be announced later," he said. The ISNA news agency carried a similar report.
The United States and Israel -- Tehran's arch foes -- have said Iran could use the TOR-M1 system to attack its neighbors. Russia says it is a short-range system and purely defensive.
Najjar said last month Iran would never launch an attack against another country but warned that anybody trying to invade Iran would "face a crushing response."
Under Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian arms firms have aggressively pushed sales abroad as the Kremlin seeks to reassert its role as a global power in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
Russia's drive to boost arms exports have raised tensions with the United States, which last year imposed sanctions on Russia's state arms trader Rosoboronexport for cooperating with Iran, a move Moscow has called illegal.
The United States is pushing for a third set of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its disputed atomic activities, even though a U.S. intelligence report this month said Tehran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.
Iran says it has never had plans to build nuclear bombs, insisting its program is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity so that it can export more of its oil and gas.
Russia said on December 17 it had delivered the first shipment of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr power plant in southern Iran, a step Moscow and Washington said should persuade Tehran to shut down its own controversial uranium enrichment program, which can have both civilian and military uses.
(Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian, Writing by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Richard Meares)
So they need defensive missile systems because ... ???
To protect them from the Joooooooooooos who they can't wait to attack. Idiots.
“The United States and Israel — Tehran’s arch foes...”
Nope...no bias in the media. Not at all.
If they are able to respond.....
Is this an improved system over the one they sold Syria? Syria’s didn’t work too well last Sept.
BUT....America dare not put up a missile shield in Europe!
Now that would disrupt the world.
“Iran to get missile system from Russia”
This is a great time for the U.S. to be turning it’s back on Israel. (SARCASM!!!) We shouldn’t underestimate Putin and his ability to position himself on the “chessboard” in the Middle East.
“Is this an improved system over the one they sold Syria? Syria’s didn’t work too well last Sept.”
One “misfire” from Iran aimed at Israel and Damascus could go up in smoke.
Nope. Don’t believe it even for a second. The S-300 is one scary SAM system.
Which, of course, won’t stop us from figuring a way to beat it...
Damascus might become a ruinous heap, and very soon. I suspect that Israel might destroy Syria and Iran, and the Russians might try to invade Israel in retaliation (there last misguided effort according to Ezekiel.)
Ya know, Putin is one helluva saleman.
Considering the ‘performance’ of Russian hardware in two Gulf Wars....I’d say the man could sell ice to Eskimo’s.
Maybe Ron Paul should hire him as a consultant....
It may also be that the Lord allows the enemy to destroy themselves as has happened so many times in scripture. It is the ultimate irony.
The S-300 system is a strategic system in the class of Patriot.
All you are relying on there is a news story about Syria having Pantsyr. Journalism at its worst.
http://www.army-technology.com/projects/pantsyr/re is a news story about
The Pantsyr is a short range system.
and this should worry us exactly why? Russian military junk is just that.....junk. I don’t doubt the first time the Iranians fire this system up they find out why the Russians price their war exports so cheap. Junk, junk, junk.
I’m not worried about conventional Iranian military. Just in case they launch nukes or chemical warheads at Israel and Israel will be forced to respond. They didn’t at Saddam because his SCUD’s were all conventional, knowing they’d nuke him.
When that day happens, it will be a stark change for the whole world, not just the Middle East.
“When that day happens, it will be a stark change for the whole world, not just the Middle East.”
The Four Horsemen as I read it. Revelation 6.
Thanks for the ping F15 Eagle and I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
It was OK as it goes but one of my best friends, who I had known for 21 years, died on 12/20 after complications from exploratory surgery. He was in bad shape physically having been injured as a young boy but it took me by surprise.
I’ve been asking for prayers for his family, some of whom are not believers, elsewhere on the web.
I’m sorry to hear that F15 Eagle.
That must be very hard on his family and friends.
He was smart. EE major. Without his help I would not have survived a couple of classes, LOL. We had some good times and he was a true friend. He was also a Christian who believed the Lord died for his sins and he received it.
I will see him again. :)
But there is the sense of loss right now.
I’m glad he was a Christian and I do understand about your loss.
It is very hard to lose a good friend.
We are blessed though, with memories of our friends who are not
with us here on earth, anymore.
I am sorry to hear about your loss and feel for you.
May the Lord heal your and his family’s hurt.
Thank you and God bless. :)
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