Skip to comments.Iran believed developing S-300 variant aided by Russian contractors
Posted on 04/01/2010 10:36:10 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Iran was believed to have been receiving Russian help to develop a variant of the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile. Western intelligence sources said Iran was contracting with Russia for the transfer of S-300 SAM technology. The sources said the technology and expertise provided by Russian engineers would enable Teheran to develop an S-300 variant while claiming that the system was indigenous.
"Russia is under heavy U.S. and Israeli pressure not to export the S-300PMU1," a Western intelligence source said. "Instead, Moscow has quietly allowed Russian engineers connected to the S-300 program to work with Iran to develop a variant."
The sources said the purported Russian effort was believed to have begun in 2009 amid delays in transferring the S-300. They said Teheran demanded SAM technology for an Iranian variant of the S-300 interceptor.
"It is believed that Iran already has an S-300 radar," the source said.
Over the last few months, the Iranian Defense Ministry has reported the development of an indigenous air and missile defense system. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the program would eliminate the need to procure Russia's S-300.
"Essentially, it is not necessary for us to produce S-300 missiles only," Vahidi said. "The Defense Ministry and Armed Forces Logistics will design and manufacture what they want."
Since 2005, Iran has sought the S-300, designed to intercept aircraft at a range of up to 120 kilometers. Teheran said the S-300 project called for the delivery of the first systems by April 2009 in an effort to counter any Israeli or U.S. air strike.
"If they do not deliver S-300 defensive system to us, we have replacements and we can supply our operational requirements through innovative techniques and different designs," Iranian Air Force Maj. Gen. Hassan Mansourian, head of the air defense base at Khatam Anbia, said.
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I see that Russia is not remembering history - did not the USSR help and work with Germany prior to Hitler declaring war against Stalin? What makes the Russions confident that Iran won’t also turn on them?????
Thank you for the ping Sonofstrangelove.
OPINION: Russia is not our friend;however I am sorry for the terrorist acts they are experiencing by al-qaeda linked terrorists.
But I thought KGB Putin and company were our “partners” in the war on Islamic terrorism? /S
I thought so too.
Lol! However, there actually are people here who trust and admire Putin. Furthermore, they believe every little thing the Russians tell us. They appear to be clueless of how they operate.
Yes, USSR supplied Germany with some natural resources in exchange of credit money for buying vital military industrial equipment, submarine design, newest German aircrafts; German engineers and workers helped to build numerous industrial enterprises. It was sole opportunity for USSR to acquire it because of open hostility of other Western countries. BP forced out USSR from German oil market not long before WWII. Standard Oil supplied Hitler technology for producing benzene from coal. There is quite a list of Western complicity.
Under Yeltsyn Russia sold S300 to US, so its weak points are well known to US experts.
After NATOs invasion to Afghan production of opiates skyrocketed, and biggest part of it goes to Russia. Despite numerous pleas from Russian officials US and NATO denied to exterminate poppy plantations under pretext not to anger Afghanian peasants. Russias yearly loss from Afghanian drugs is about 50 000 citizens, mostly young ones. Terrorists attacks sough spectacular is much less lethal. US and NATO surely are not Russias friend.
Because thats a flea turning on a elephant.