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    April 12, 2016

    First Batch of S-300 Has Been Delivered to Iran

    Translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear
    April 12,2016

    The Russian side has undertaken the delivery of the first batch of S-300 air defense systems to Iran, said the representative of Iranian Foreign Ministry Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Monday. He also said that the delivery was carried out through the Caspian Sea.

    "We have announced that, despite some changes to the timing of the delivery, the deal is in progress, and today I can announce that the first of this batch of equipment has arrived in Iran and the delivery of other parts continues," — quotes the Iranian news Agency "Mehr".

    A source in the structures associated with the export of arms confirmed the dispatch: "We have started the practical implementation of the Iranian contract, the first batch of S-300 systems has been shipped to the customer". The source did not specify how many of the systems have been shipped, but noted that by the end of 2016 the contract is scheduled to be fulfilled.

    Earlier it was reported that Tehran will withdraw the lawsuit for failure to comply with the previous contract for delivery of S-300 PMU1, which was unilaterally cancelled by the Russian Federation, and advance payments were returned to Iran.

    The 2007 contract

    We are talking about the contract that Moscow and Tehran signed to supply five battalions of S-300 PMU1 systems in 2007. In 2010, after the adoption of UN Security Council ban on the sale or transfer of heavy weapons to Iran, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev rebuked the supply of modern weapons to Iran. The deal was cancelled, and the advance was returned to Iran and the SAM systems meant for Iranian military were scrapped. Iran, in response, filed a lawsuit against "Rosoboronexport" (they signed the contract) to the amount of about $4 billion.

    In February, in an interview to "Interfax", the assistant to the President of the Russian Federation on military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said that Iran is interested in new supplies of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems.

    On the implementation of the present contract to supply Tehran with the s-300 systems, Kozhin said: "the contract was implemented, funds are being transferred. We are clearly following the procedure of the contract. Iran is refining its nuances, as are we with ours. The first batch is ready. Technical procedures are taking place".

    Kozhin said that Russia is negotiating with Iran on the supply of defensive weapons systems, and also preparing to develop cooperation in the military technology sphere, when all restrictions against Tehran will be lifted. "We are in serious negotiations with Iran within the framework of what was permitted. It is a defensive system. The S-300 system is a prime example”  — he said.

    "Iran is our very important partner, it has a very high demand in virtually all weapons systems. Very many of them are in need of replacement, and Iran is set to do it," — said Kozhin.

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