Russia allows Iran to buy S300 defensive missiles

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Russia lifted its ban on the delivery of the S300 anti-missile rocket system to Iran on Monday in exchange for crude oil.

"In exchange for Iranian crude oil supplies, we are delivering certain products. This is not banned or limited under the current sanctions regime," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The move comes after the country and other world powers reached an agreement with Iran this month to curb Iran’s nuclear program, Reuters reported.

Iran expects delivery of the missiles this year.

The S300 is an advanced, mobile, long-range surface-to-air missile defense system. Its radars are reportedly capable of tracking up to 100 targets simultaneously and engaging up to 12.

The S300 can be deployed in just five minutes and can intercepting both warplanes and guided missiles.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the delivery of an air-defense system would make airstrikes on Iranian nuclear facilities by the U.S. or Israel more difficult.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Footage: View of red square
2. Footage: S-300 anti-missile rocket system driving through Red Square
3. Footage: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev watching display of missiles
4. Size of the S300 missile and the launcher
5. Depiction of the radar’s capability to track 100 targets and engage up to 12
6. The S300 launching two missiles
7. Depiction of the missiles intercepting an enemy jet and a guided missile
8. Footage: S-300 anti-missile rocket system

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Russia lifted its ban on the delivery of the S300 anti-missile rocket system to Iran on Monday in exchange for crude oil.”

“The S300 is an advanced, mobile, long-range surface-to-air missile defense system. Its radars are reportedly capable of tracking up to 100 targets simultaneously and engaging up to 12.”

“The S300 can be deployed in just five minutes and can intercepting both warplanes and guided missiles.”

“Russia’s lifting of the ban comes after the country and other world powers reached an agreement with Iran this month to curb Iran’s nuclear program.”


SOURCES: BBC, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL , REUTERS
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22688894
http://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-lifts-its-ban-on-sales-of-s-300-missiles-to-iran-1428935224
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32290335
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/13/us-iran-nuclear-russia-idUSKBN0N40YX20150413