With the Iran nuclear deal signed and already under implementation, Iran is sure to receive tens of billions of dollars which can be spent on improving their military capability. In April of this year, with the outcome of the Iran negotiations not in doubt, Russian President Vladimir Putin unfroze a contract for Russia to sell its S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran.
Russia doesn’t make very much but they make very good weapons, especially air defense systems. The S-300 is a long range, high altitude, very sophisticated system that will enable Iran to threaten not only Israeli aircraft inside Israel, but American and coalition aircraft or missiles alike, far outside of Iranian borders. It will make Israeli attack of Iran’s nuclear facilities almost impossible without help from the United States.
The BBC reports on comments at the Dubai Airshow from Sergei Chemezov, head of Russia’s Rostec arms firm, “The deal to supply the S-300 to Iran has not only been signed between the parties but it has already come into force.”
The Russian state news organization TASS, reports, The S-300B4 variant - delivered to the Russian armed forces last year - can shoot down any medium-range missile in the world today, flies at five times the speed of sound and has a range of 400km (248 miles). As Russia spends billions to modernize their armed forces and develop new armor and other weapons, selling these expensive systems to a willing client like Iran will allow Moscow to reduce the enormous costs of research, development, and production.
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