Russia Delivered First S-300 Missiles to Iran

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First batch of S-300 air defense missiles has been delivered to Iran from Russia, reported Iranian news agency Tasnim on Monday, July 18.

According to TASS, Iran plans to put S-300 systems bought from Russia on full combat alert by the end of the Iranian calendar year ending on March 2017.

S-300 air defense system

Earlier on, in April 2016, it was reported on the kicking-off S-300 deliveries to Iran. Some components of these systems, in particular, radars were demonstrated at the military parade in Tehran on April 17.

The S-300 delivery contract was concluded between Iran and Russia in 2007. However, its implementation was suspended on June 9, 2010 with the UN Security Councilís Resolution 1929 banning any transfers of up-to-date weapons to Iran, including missiles and corresponding launchers. In April 2015, Russian president Vladimir Putin lifted the ban. Same year in November, the contract took the effect. According to Sergei Chemezov heading the Rostec state corporation, Russia will complete deliveries of S-300 air defense systems to Iran by the end of the current year.

The S-300PMU multichannel air defense system is an export version of the S-300PM commissioned in Russia in 1993. China was the first foreign customer for that system. Cyprus and Vietnam received this weapon, too. The system ensures interception of aerodynamic targets at the range up to 150 km and ballistic targets with max speed up to 2.8 km/s at the distance up to 40 km. The system is equipped with the 48Н6Е missiles.