February 18, 2016
translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear
Weapons are expected to be transported to the Islamic Republic from one of the ports in Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. Launchers will be used for defensive purposes and only for the sake of security.
MOSCOW, Feb 18th — RIA Novosti. “The first batch of anti-aircraft missile systems (AAMS) S-300 will be shipped from Russia to Iran on Thursday” - said the assistant to the head of the General staff of the armed forces of Iran Mustafa Izadi in an interview to Sputnik International.
On the Caspian Sea
As an informed source previously told Sputnik, Iranian defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, who is currently on a visit in Russia, on Thursday will take part in the closed ceremony of loading of the first batch of S-300 to Iran. It is expected that shipment of Russian AAMS will go to Iran across the Caspian Sea via a port in Astrakhan.
“In the Iranian port it is planned to hold the ceremony of the reception of the complexes” - a source in the Ministry of defense of Iran told Sputnik.
The long journey of the S-300
In 2007 Russia signed a contract to supply Iran with five battalions of S-300PMU-1 anti-aircraft missile systems, consisting of 40 launchers worth about $800 million. However, with the adoption on June 9, 2010 the UN Security Council resolution on Iran, which banned the transfer of modern weapons the curtailment of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Iran began. As a result of introduction of sanctions the Russian-Iranian contract on s-300 was canceled. The Islamic Republic then filed a lawsuit against Rosoboronexport in the arbitration court of Geneva (Switzerland).
In April 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on the supply of S-300 to Iran. In June, the presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin reported that Moscow and Tehran are preparing a contract to supply the S-300. However, he stressed that the SAM-system has undergone changes that have improved its performance characteristics. In November, the head of the state Corporation "Rostec" Sergey Chemezov has declared that the contract entered into force.
According to the head of the Ministry of defense of Iran, the delivery of the first batch of the Russian S-300 complexes will be completed during the first quarter of 2016.
As the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev stated in April 2015 - "The S-300 is a purely defensive weapon, and it will not be used in the interests of inflicting damage to any of the countries, but in the interests of security".
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