Skip to comments.Russian official says missile delivery to Iran delayed
Posted on 02/17/2010 1:26:11 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The delivery of advanced Russian-made S-300 air defence missiles to Iran has been delayed for technical reasons, a senior Russian official told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday.
The delay is due to technical problems. The delivery will be carried out when they are resolved, Alexander Fomin, deputy head of Russias Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, was quoted as saying.
Russias contract to sell the S-300s to Iran has raised hackles in the United States and Israel, which believe that Tehran could use the sophisticated air defence missiles to defend its nuclear facilities against attack.
Western powers suspect that Iran is seeking to build an atomic bomb under the guise of its civilian nuclear energy programme, although Tehran says the programme is peaceful in nature.
Neither the United States nor Israel have ruled out air strikes in order to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Analysts say that S-300s could greatly complicate such air strikes.
Fomin, whose service oversees Russian arms exports, made the comments in an interview with Interfax while attending a defence exhibition in New Delhi, DefExpo India 2010.
He did not clarify what the technical problems were or how long it would take to fix them, Interfax reported.
Russia has been secretive about the Iran missile contract, but Interfax has reported that it calls for Moscow to sell Tehran five batteries of S-300PMU1 missiles for around 800 million dollars (530 million euros).
The S-300PMU1 codenamed the SA-20 Gargoyle by NATO is a mobile system designed to shoot down aircraft and cruise missiles.
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