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  • Russia's Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran

    04/08/2014 1:50:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Daily Beast (ew!) ^ | Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | Eli Lake
    Last week, Reuters first reported Russia was preparing an oil-for-goods deal with Iran worth up to $20 billion. An unnamed Iranian official told the news service that the barter would include Russian weapons. And that was before further signs of Russiaís shadow invasion of Ukraine emerged Monday, when crowds spontaneously appeared in three major eastern cities to welcome the troops amassed over the border. The Daily Beast reported that associates of Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed and Kremlin-friendly Ukrainian president, were meeting with pro-Russian activists. One keen-eyed photographer captured a man wearing a Russian Airborne forces tee-shirt at one of the...
  • Russia Sends Obama A Message & Sends Syria Their MOST ADVANCED Anti-Ship Missile System

    08/31/2013 3:44:27 PM PDT · by SLB · 89 replies
    Redflag News ^ | Aug 25, 2013 | Unk
    (BEFORE IT'S NEWS) -- Is Barack Obama in his completely insane move of attempting to start World War 3 TRYING to get America and our Navy destroyed? Russia has just sent their most advanced anti-ship missiles to Syria in a clear warning that any attack against Syria will not go unanswered. The New York Times quotes unnamed US officials as saying the missiles could be used to counter any potential future foreign military intervention in Syria. The P-800 Oniks Russian –ü-800 –ě–Ĺ–ł–ļ—Ā; English Onyx, also known in export markets as Yakhont, English ruby or sapphire, is a Russian/Soviet supersonic anti-ship...
  • Was Israelís Latest ĎAirí Attack on Syria from a Submarine?

    07/21/2013 7:04:34 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 20, 2013 | By Tom Gross
    An attack two weeks ago that destroyed an advanced Russian missile shipment delivered to Syriaís Assad regime should also serve as a warning to Iran Ė and to those complacent Western diplomats who have (dangerously in my view) reconciled themselves to the idea of allowing Iran to go nuclear and then trying to contain it. For it seems that the July 5 attack on an arms depot near the Syrian naval base of Latakia, which has been attributed to Israel, came not from the air (as CNN and the New York Times reported last weekend) but from under the water....
  • Report: Israeli Raid Likely Culprit For Destruction Of Russian Missiles In Syria

    07/09/2013 11:04:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies
    | Business Insider ^ | Ė 2 hours 6 minutes ago July 9, 2013 | By Geoffrey Ingersoll
    REUTERS/Baz Ratner†New reports of strikes on Russian anti-ship missiles near the port of Latakia, Syria, seem to indicate†another possible Israeli strike, Reuters reports. This would be the fourth such strike this year.From Reuters:Rebels described huge blasts - the ferocity of which, they said, was beyond the firepower available to them but consistent with that of a modern military like Israel's.Israel has not confirmed or denied involvement. The Syrian government has not commented on the incident, beyond a state television report noting a "series of explosions" at the site.As has been the trend, Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the strikes.Israel...
  • Tanks in Beirut as Syria protest leaves one dead

    06/09/2013 7:02:00 PM PDT · by haffast · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 9, 2013 7:54pm EDT | Laila Bassam
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese troops blocked streets in Beirut with tanks and barbed wire for several hours on Sunday after the killing of a protester outside the Iranian embassy raised factional tensions already inflamed by the war in Syria. The man died during a clash between rival groups of Shi'ite Muslims after militiamen from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement opened fire when protesters drew up at the embassy, the latest sign of Syria's violence spilling over to its neighbors. In Syria itself, fighting intensified in the north, where rebels said President Bashar al-Assad's forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies were preparing...
  • ĎUS close to OK on arming Syrian rebelsí

    06/09/2013 5:45:40 PM PDT · by haffast · 36 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 10, 2013, 2:34 am | Bradley Klapper
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Moved by the Assad regimeís rapid advance, the Obama administration could decide this week to approve lethal aid for the beleaguered Syrian rebels and will weigh the merits of a less likely move to send in U.S. airpower to enforce a no-fly zone over the civil war-wracked nation, officials said Sunday. White House meetings are planned over the coming days, as Syrian President Bashar Assadís government forces are apparently poised for an attack on the key city of Homs, which could cut off Syriaís armed opposition from the south of the country. As many as 5,000 Hezbollah...
  • Moscow threatens to speed missiles to Syria but also offers to delay

    06/03/2013 12:09:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 31, 2013 12:53pm EDT | By Thomas Grove MOSCOW
    (Reuters) - Russia could speed up delivery of anti-aircraft missiles to Syria if the West intervenes, but also floated the idea of suspending the shipment, Russian media reported on Friday, as Moscow set out its negotiating position ahead of peace talks.A Russian arms industry source was quoted by Interfax news agency as threatening to hasten delivery of the hotly-contested S-300 missiles if the West were to impose a no-fly zone or Israel were to launch new air strikes.However the source also "did not exclude that the delivery of the S-300 to Syria could be frozen for a period of time"...
  • US: Syria Does Not Have Advanced Missiles Yet

    05/30/2013 3:14:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/13
    Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has not received advanced surface-to-air missiles despite reports to the contrary, according to Fox News, which cited two senior United States officials "privy to sensitive intelligence matters" on Thursday.... .....
  • Syria: Obama talks no fly zones, Putin sends missiles

    05/30/2013 1:02:36 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 28 replies
    Rare.US ^ | May 30, 2013 | James S. Robbins
    Just when the Obama administration finally starts talking about establishing a no-fly zone over Syria, Russiaís president Vladimir Putin sends the Assad regime the means to shoot U.S. planes down. There are competing strategies at work: ďleading from behindĒ versus ďup yours, America.Ē
  • Israel Strongly Warns Russia Against Giving Syria Missiles

    05/29/2013 1:17:34 PM PDT · by kimtom · 32 replies ^ | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | Staff Writer
    <p>JERUSALEM ó Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon Tuesday signaled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow.</p> <p>Yaalon issued his warning shortly after a top Russian official said his government reserves the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defense missiles.</p>
  • Russia to ship missiles to Syria after EU ends arms embargo on rebels

    05/28/2013 7:59:57 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:01 am on May 28, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Escalations continued on all sides in Syriaís civil war except, curiously, among the Syrians. †The EU decided not to renew the embargo on arms sales to Syrian rebels, which prompted the Russians to pledge delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, which prompted Israel to implicitly warn that they would make great targets for their air force. †In the middle of all this, John McCain got a photo op with a Syrian opposition thatís being dominated by radical Islamist militias, including an al-Qaeda affiliate that forms the core of their military operations.In other words, itís a mess, but letís start with the embargoís...
  • Israeli officials: Al-Qaida preferable over Assad

    06/06/2013 4:21:34 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 12 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | June 4, 2013 | Israel Hayom Staff
    Army Radio reports that Israeli officials are concerned about the growing strength of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in recent days ē Assessment is that a victorious Assad would be more dependent on Iran, increasing the threat facing Israel. Israeli officials are concerned about the growing strength of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in recent days, Army Radio reported. Senior Israeli officials were quoted as saying that "al-Qaida control over Syria would be preferable to a victory by Assad over the rebels." This view is based on the assessment that a victorious Assad would be much more dependent on Iran...
  • Report: S-300 Missiles Now on Their Way to Syria

    06/06/2013 12:54:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 6/6/2013, 11:04 AM | David Lev
    Are S-300 missiles on their way to Syria right now? A report on CNN Thursday said that American intelligence units had observed several Russian warships on their way to Syria. The ships are currently in the eastern Mediterranean, and information gathered by the intelligence groups indicates that the ships are carrying parts for the S-300 missiles. According to the report, the U.S. has been keeping track of the Russian ships for several days, ever since they left a military base in Russia. Satellite data indicates that the ships are carrying cargo that appears to be suitable for use in a...
  • Putin: No S-300 in Syria Yet

    06/04/2013 3:46:02 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/6/13
    Times of Oman reports Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow had not yet delivered its sophisticated S-300 missiles to the Syrian regime for fear this would upset the delicate balance of power in the volatile region. .....
  • Russia has not transfered S-300 missiles to Syria, reports say

    05/31/2013 12:19:52 AM PDT · by OddLane · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 31, 2013 | Yoel Goldman and Stuart Winer
    Russia has not yet delivered advanced S-300 missiles to Syria, despite rather vague Syrian indications to the contrary, reported two Russian media outlets on Friday. The Russian business daily Vedomosti said that it was unclear whether or not the air defense systems would be delivered this year, while the daily Kommersant reported that the S-300 missiles would only be delivered in the second quarter of 2014. According to Kommersant, the systems need another six months of testing and training before they become operational.
  • Russia delivers air-defense missiles to Syria as opposition rejects Geneva conference

    05/30/2013 8:00:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on May 30, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The first air-defense missiles from Russia have begun rolling into Syria, according to the the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Speaking on a TV station owned by Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad said that Russia will honor its promises to Syria, and had in fact already started to do so (via Rovin): The Syrian president has told Lebanonís Hizbollah-owned TV station that Damascus received the first shipment of S300 Russian air defence missiles. Al-Manar said in a statement that when asked about the promised delivery of the S-300 surface-to-air missiles, Assad replied: ďAll the agreements with Russia will be honoured and some...
  • Assad: S-300 Missiles Already Here

    05/30/2013 4:30:33 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 29 replies ^ | 5/30/2013 | David Lev
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that despite the portrayal by the media of a deal for advanced missiles to be purchased from Russia as a future event, the fact is that Syria has already begun acquiring the S-300 missile system from Moscow.
  • Israel threatens to strike Russiaís shipments of missiles to Syria

    05/28/2013 10:39:46 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 210 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 28 2013 | Josef Federman
    <p>JERUSALEMóIsraelís defence minister on Tuesday signalled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow.</p> <p>Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon issued his warning shortly after a top Russian official said his government reserves the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missiles.</p>
  • Diplomat: Russia to arm Syria regime with anti-aircraft missiles to prevent foreign intervention

    05/28/2013 5:48:49 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 28 replies ^ | 5/28 | The Associated Press, Gili Cohen and Reuters
    A top Russian diplomat confirmed that Moscow will provide Syria with state-of-the art air defense missiles to prevent foreign intervention in the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov wouldn't say whether Russia has shipped any of the long-range S-300 air defense missile systems, but added that Moscow isn't going to abandon the deal despite strong Western and Israeli criticism. Ryabkov said the deal helps restrain some "hot heads" considering a military intervention in Syria. Russia has been the key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, protecting it from the United Nations sanctions and providing it with weapons despite the...
  • Russia canceled S-300 deal with Assad, report says

    05/26/2013 10:17:03 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 26, 2013 | Ron Friedman
    Despite official statements to the contrary, Russia will not transfer a shipment of advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, an unnamed senior Russian official has told Londonís Sunday Times. According to Sundayís report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin of the risk such a deal posed to regional stability and Israeli civilians, during a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi earlier this month, leading to the cancelation of the planned sale of six S-300 batteries to Bashar Assadís regime. In their meeting, Netanyahu reportedly warned Putin that Moscowís sale of the sophisticated missile defense...
  • Israel pushed to spell out gas export plan

    05/20/2013 7:30:48 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    UPI ^ | May 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM | UPI
    TEL AVIV, Israel, May 17 (UPI) -- Nobel Energy of Houston, which discovered Israel's big natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean, is pressing the government to decide on an energy export policy as the prospect of an undersea pipeline to Turkey gains credibility. Israel's deep-water Tamar field, found in 2009 and containing an estimated 9 trillion-10 trillion cubic feet of gas, began production March 31. But Nobel and Israeli partner Delek Energy, the team that discovered Tamar and other fields off Israel, is reluctant to develop the much bigger Leviathan field, found in 2010, until it the government makes...
  • Dangerous Price Manipulation Rocks Energy Markets (Natural Gas)

    05/18/2013 5:46:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 37 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | Friday, May 3, 2013 | BUSINESS WIRES
    A new investigation released by Wall Street Daily just revealed a disturbing pattern of price manipulation in the energy markets. The six-month investigation, conducted by renowned energy analyst, Karim Rahemtulla, was triggered by the incredible disparity in gas prices between the United States and Europe. The price of natural gas in the United States is presently about $4/mcf. Yet the price in Europe is upwards of $15/mcf. ďSuch mispricing simply cannot occur in an efficient market,Ē says Rahemtulla. For the global economy to function properly, the energy markets must be priced efficiently. It can be no other way. Any malfeasance...
  • Report: Russia Sends Warships To Syrian Coast

    05/17/2013 4:48:36 AM PDT · by Fennie · 15 replies
    Ynet News ^ | May 17, 2013 | Reuters
    Russia has sent a dozen or more warships to patrol waters near its naval base in Syria, a buildup that US and European officials see as a newly aggressive stance meant partly to warn the West and Israel not to intervene in Syria's bloody civil war, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. On Thursday, Syria's official news agency SANA reported that five Russian warships had crossed the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea. A Russian Navy spokesperson said this was the first time in decades that Pacific Ocean Russian warships sail in the area.
  • Russia Sends More Advanced Missiles to Aid Assad in Syria

    05/16/2013 9:35:54 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 22 replies
    Russia has shipped an advanced antiship cruise missile to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said on Thursday. Russia has previously provided Yakhont missiles, as the weapon is known, to Syria. But the missiles that were recently delivered are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them far more accurate, according to American officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports. The new missile ďcontributes to Syriaís overall military capabilities, but specifically it would tend to push Western or allied naval activity further off the...
  • CIA chief pays surprise visit to Israel (John Brennan)

    05/16/2013 8:49:22 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 17, 2013, 1:16 am | Ron Friedman
    CIA director John Brennan arrived in Israel Thursday evening and held consultations on the situation in Syria, amid fears that Israel could get drawn into the fighting there. Upon landing in the country, Brennan, whose visit was not announced ahead of time, went directly to the armyís headquarters in Tel Aviv for a meeting with Defense Minister Moshe Yaíalon, Channel 10 reported. During the meeting, the two shared intelligence assessments, and Yaíalon reiterated Israelís refusal to let advanced weapons make their way from Syria to Hezbollah, vowing to continue carrying out strikes against arms shipments. According to Israel Radio, the...
  • 5 Questions on Russian S-300 Missile System Sales to Syria

    05/14/2013 2:06:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 14/05/2013 | Alexey Eremenko
    5 Questions on Russian S-300 Missile System Sales to Syria MOSCOW, May 14 (Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti) Ė If fresh media reports are true, Russia, Syriaís longtime supplier of military equipment, may soon provide Damascus Ė or already has Ė with advanced S-300 air defense systems, tipping the balance in the devastating 26-month conflict in the Middle Eastern country. But the ďifĒ is a big one. The missile batteries would give Syrian President Bashar al-Assadís regime a powerful weapon against foreign air strikes Ė one of the options being bounced around as a form of international intervention Ė and could...
  • Iran Reports ĎProgressí on Indigenous S-300 Missile

    04/17/2012 8:26:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 17/04/2012
    Iran Reports ĎProgressí on Indigenous S-300 Missile Iranís Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has announced progress in the development and manufacture of an indigenous version of the advanced Russian S-300 air defense missile system, the Fars news agency reported on Tuesday. "The production of an alternative missile system is underway,Ē he said, adding that the work ďhas yielded good results.Ē Iranian military officials earlier said the missile system, called Bavar (Belief) 373, is even more powerful and more advanced than the Russian S-300. The $800-million contract to supply Iran with the missile system was signed in late 2007. Russia was to...
  • Russia gave Israel Iranian system's codes

    02/29/2012 1:42:44 AM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Ynet ^ | 2/28/2012 | Ynet
    WikiLeaks has released an email exchange between employees of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence company, which reveals Israel and Russia made a deal to swap access codes for defense and surveillance equipment. According to the leaked document, Israel gave Russia the "data link codes" for unmanned aerial vehicles that the Jewish state sold to Georgia, and in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Tor-M1 missile defense systems that Russia sold Iran. In a document by a Stratfor employee dated February 2009 she says that she had met with a "Mexican source/friend" who told her that Israel and Russia had...
  • Iran: We've Produced Domestic Version Of S-300 Anti-Aircraft Missiles

    09/30/2011 12:29:16 PM PDT · by edpc · 6 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 30 Sept 2011 | Haaretz
    Iran has completed the production of a self-made version of the Russian S-300 missile, the country's official news agency Press TV said, over a year after Moscow cancelled a delivery of the sophisticated system to Tehran to comply with United Nations sanctions. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev banned the delivery of the high-precision S-300 air defense system to Iran in September of 2010, scuttling a tentative deal in gestation for years, saying it would violate expanded UN sanctions imposed in June over Iran's defiance of demands to curb its nuclear program.
  • Keeping S-300 Alive

    12/17/2010 12:45:34 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 12/15/2010 | Strategy Page
    The recent cancellation of a billion dollars worth of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran has left the manufacturer with lots of unsold gear. So now Russia is hustling to find new customers, offering attractive prices. Venezuela was given a $4 billion line of credit, part of it going to pay for S-300 systems. Now Kazakhstan has been persuaded to make a purchase (for $150 million). Kazakhstan has oil and gas, and can be expected to pay cash. Despite all that, about a third (the older models) of the S-300 systems used by Russia are in storage. Russia currently...
  • Iran Successfully Tests Own S-300 Missile Defense System

    11/18/2010 4:29:59 AM PST · by edpc · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 18 Nov 2010 | AP & JPost Staff
    Iran has designed and successfully tested an air defense system with the capabilities of Russia's S-300 system, PressTV reported on Thursday. "We have developed the system by upgrading systems like S-200 and we have tested it successfully using all our potential and experience in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, the Army and the Defense Ministry," Brigadier General Mohammad Hassan Mansourian told the Iranian television station.
  • Iran Claims itís Got its Own S-300, Really Guys?

    11/18/2010 2:16:15 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 11/18/2010 | Defense tech
    Well, only a few months after Russia decided not to sell the advanced S-300 surface to air missile system to Iran, spinsters in Tehran are touting a homegrown version of that very missile. From the AP: Iran has successfully tested a newly developed air defense missile system during the countryís biggest ever air defense drill, the countryís military announced Thursday. Iranís state television said the test was Tehranís response to Moscowís refusal to deliver the advanced Russian S-300 air defense system amid U.N. and international sanctions on the country. Gen. Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the five-day exercise, said the...
  • Iran holds war games, set to launch S300s

    11/17/2010 5:52:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/17/2010 | UPI
    A senior Iranian military commander says his country has conducted defense drills at its sensitive nuclear facilities ahead of planned aerial war games taking place over the country this week. The Mehr state news agency quoted air force commander Gen. Ahmad Mighani saying that "tactical drills that resembled real combat" had been carried out in Fordo, Tehran, Natanz, Bushehr and Isfahan where Iran's nuclear reactors are located.
  • Iran to test own S-300 missiles despite Russia

    11/11/2010 6:09:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/11/2010 | Defense Talk
    Iran is to test its own homemade S-300 ground-to-air missiles, built in defiance of ally Russia which backed out of a deal to supply the device, a top Iranian military commander said on Wednesday. "Very soon we will test long-range aerial defence missiles, including Iranian S-300s," Brigadier General Mohammad Hassan Mansourian told the state news agency IRNA. In September, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree banning supplies of S-300 missiles and other arms to Iran. Russia came under strong US and Israeli pressure not to go ahead with the sale of the weapons system which was seen as complicating...
  • Israel warns Russia that Iran may get S-300 via Venezuela

    11/03/2010 12:04:59 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/01/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    With Caracas set to sign an agreement to purchase the system, Israel is concerned that Teheran will eventually obtain the anti-aircraft system. Israel has warned Russia of the possibility that an advanced air defense system it is planning to sell to Venezuela could eventually make its way to Iran, according to defense officials. The system, the S-300, is one of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world, with a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. It has a range of about 200 kilometers and can hit...
  • S-300 Marches Into The Future

    11/02/2010 11:51:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/1/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Recently, for the first time, the S-300B anti-aircraft missile systems that defend Russian Army units, shot down ballistic missiles. The S-300B was moved around, as it would to support a mobile army, before going into firing position and knocking down two ballistic missile warheads. Two years ago, army S-300 units were transferred to the air force, which now controls all S-300/400 systems (except for a few belonging to the navy.) The air force S-300/400 units are mobile, but are rarely moved, except for those assigned to the army. The S-300B is modified a bit for army use, but there are...
  • Russia may sell S-300 missiles to Venezuela, instead of Iran

    10/16/2010 1:15:48 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 10/15/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's S-300 air defense systems, which Moscow refused to deliver to Iran following a new round of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, could be sold to Venezuela instead, a Russian arms trade expert said on Friday. Russia signed a deal to deliver five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems to Iran in 2007 but banned the sale in September, saying the systems, along with a number of other weapons, were covered by the fourth round of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against Iran over its nuclear program in June. "Russia is looking for a buyer of five...
  • Russia to Refund Iran for Canceled Missile Deal [Medvedev's one-day Cyprus visit]

    10/08/2010 9:17:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Russian officials say the country plans to reimburse Iran, after Moscow canceled the sale of an air defense missile system to Tehran... In the scope of a US$800 million contract brokered in 2005, Russia was obliged to send Iran at least five S-300 missile systems. But last month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev banned the sale of the missile systems following United Nations sanctions against such arms sales. The UN imposed the sanctions in June for Iran's refusal to stop enriching uranium. Medvedev also outlawed the sale of tanks, aircraft and sea vessels to Iran... The news comes on the heels...
  • Iran to Get Money Back (for S-300)

    10/07/2010 10:45:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 10/8/2010 | Reuters
    Russia plans to pay back a $166.8 million advance payment from Iran for S-300 air defense missiles after canceling the sale to comply with UN sanctions, a top Russian official said Thursday. President Dmitry Medvedev banned the delivery of the high-precision air defense system last month, saying it would violate sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council in June. The United States and Israel had urged Moscow to scrap the deal, fearing Iran could use the system to protect nuclear facilities that they suspect are part of a weapons program. "We received an advance on this contract of $166.8 million,"...
  • Iran Official: We Have Obtained The S-300 Missile System

    08/04/2010 5:52:08 AM PDT · by edpc · 16 replies
    A semiofficial Iranian news agency says Iran has obtained four S-300 surface-to-air missiles despite Russia's refusal to deliver them. The Fars news agency said Wednesday that Iran has obtained two missiles from Belarus and two others from another unspecified source. Russia signed a contract in 2007 to sell the missiles to Iran but said in June that new UN Security Council sanctions against Tehran prevent delivery. The sale would have substantially boosted the country's defense capacities, raising Israeli fears it would tip the military balance in the Middle East.
  • Iran claims to have S-300 surface-to-air missiles

    08/04/2010 2:55:42 AM PDT · by theanchoragedailyruse · 4 replies
    A.P. ^ | August 4th, 2010 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran ó Iran has obtained four S-300 surface-to-air missiles despite Russia's refusal to deliver them to Tehran under a valid contract, a semiofficial Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday.
  • Israel 'close to deal on F-35'

    07/20/2010 6:57:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Space War ^ | 6/24/2010 | UPI via Space War
    After protracted disagreements, the Israeli Defense Ministry was reported Wednesday to be close to sewing up a deal to buy up to 25 U.S. F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft built by Lockheed Martin, which Israeli leaders believe is essential to counter Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program. According to the Jerusalem Post, the two sides reached an agreement on several Israeli demands to integrate Israeli technology into the aircraft. That followed a series of visits to Washington by the commander of Israel's air force, Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, and the air force's equipment and procurement director, Brig. Gen. Kobi Bortman....
  • Contract on S-300 deliveries to Iran not canceled

    07/15/2010 7:04:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/15/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The contract on supplying S-300 air defense systems to Iran has not yet been canceled, Rostekhnologii head Sergei Chemezov said on Thursday. Chemezov said the final decision on signing or dropping the contract "must be made by the president." On June 9, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1929 imposing a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo. The sale of S-300 air defense systems is believed to fall under the sanctions, though earlier Russia said the delivery would not be affected since the weapons are not included...
  • Senior MP: Iran Mulling over Rival Defense Systems for S-300

    07/07/2010 8:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Fars TV ^ | 7/7/2010 | Fars TV
    Iran enjoys a high level missile technology" and S-300 would not be the end point to Iran's efforts in acquiring or developing advanced missile defense technologies, Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazzem Jalali told reporters. Moscow signed a contract with Tehran in 2007 to supply the powerful S-300 missiles to Iran but it has refrained from delivering the system to the county due to the US and Israeli pressures. The S-300 surface-to-air system, known as the SA-20 in the West, can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 kilometers (75 miles) away. It also features...
  • Iran's Intelligence Ministry Urges Moving Away From Russia

    07/02/2010 1:36:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 6/28/2010 | Golnaz Esfandiari
    Tehran is angry at Moscow's decision to freeze the sale of the S-300 missile-defense system.Iran's Intelligence Ministry has called for a "decrease" in ties with Russia, according to Hossein Ebrahimi, a parliament deputy and a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee. Ebrahimi told the semiofficial ILNA news agency that the demand was discussed during a meeting between committee members and officials of the Intelligence Ministry. He said lawmakers favor reducing ties with Russia as well as China because of their support for the June 9 UN resolution that imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its...
  • Fire breaks out at Russian missile maker

    06/30/2010 10:42:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Space ^ | 6/30/2010 | AFP via Space
    A major fire broke out Wednesday in Moscow at a building belonging to Russian missile manufacturer Almaz, the maker of air defence weapons including the S-300 missile system, officials said. The fire at the company's design bureau had spread over an area measuring 800 square metres (8,500 square feet) and dozens of firefighters had been sent to the scene, a spokesman for the Emergency Ministry, Yevgeny Bobylev said. State television pictures showed a huge cloud of grey smoke rising into the sky from the area affected in the north of Moscow. Its cause was not immediately clear
  • With lifting of U.S. ban, Russia plans delivery of S-300s

    06/24/2010 3:06:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Geostrategy ^ | 6/24/2010 | Geostrategy
    Russia, in wake of its support for United Nations sanctions, was expected to deliver long-range air defense systems to Iran. A leading Russian analyst said the Kremlin would launch efforts to supply the S-300PMU1 air defense system to Teheran. The analyst said the United States has agreed not to block the S-300 and other Russian defensive exports to Iran. "Clearly, there is realization that this contract will take place," Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, said. On June 10, Pukhov said Russia's defense industry has been pressing the Kremlin to implement the S-300...
  • Russia to offer Turkey advanced surface-to-air missiles

    06/20/2010 8:58:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 6/18/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia is ready to participate in a tender to offer Turkey S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, the state-controlled arms exporter said on Wednesday. "The Turkish military has a great need for S-300 and S-400 long-range missile defense systems," Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaikin said. "Russia has expressed its readiness to participate in a tender for the delivery of such systems." He said leading SAM manufacturers from Western countries would participate in the tender "on a par with Russia." He gave no indication as to what specific SAM modifications would be offered or the timeframe for the tender. Turkish military experts...
  • Russia moves to scrap Iran missile sale

    06/12/2010 9:13:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 422+ views
    AFP ^ | 6/11/2010 | AFP
    Russia signalled on Friday it was scrapping the controversial sale of S-300 missiles to Iran in a major shift the Kremlin said was needed after fresh UN sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme. "S-300 supplies to Iran fall under UN sanctions," a Kremlin source said in Tashkent where President Dmitry Medvedev was attending a summit of a regional security body led by Moscow and Beijing. "Thus this type of weapon cannot be delivered to Iran," said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity. In a flurry of statements, a number of other senior Russian officials made clear that Moscow was changing...
  • Russian-Iranian S-300 missile deal not against UN resolution ó U.S.

    06/11/2010 12:44:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 353+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 6/11/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The U.S. State Department said on Friday that the delivery of Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran is not against the recently imposed UN sanctions. The Resolution 1929, adopted on Wednesday, imposes the fourth round of sanctions against Iran, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo. It also imposes an asset ban and a travel freeze on more than three dozen companies and individuals. "The [Resolution] 1929 prohibits the sale and transfer of items on the U.S. Register of Conventional Arms, which does not include the S-300. That said, this is a sale that Russia concluded with...