Russia willing to sell advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran

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Russia has decided to lift a self-imposed ban on supplying advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.

“We are convinced that at this stage the necessity of this embargo, especially voluntary, separate, no longer exists. I want to mark that anti-missile rocket complex S-300 is of entirely defensive nature, it is not designed to attack and will not threaten security of any region, including of course, Israel,” Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow, according to Reuters.

“But for Iran, taking into account a very tense situation in the region surrounding it, modern anti-aircraft systems are of great importance, and proof of this is the rapid and very worrying recent developments around Yemen and the development of a military situation around this country,” Lavrov said.

Russia’s decision has drawn criticism from the United States and Israel, who fear that Iran could use the missiles to protect its nuclear facilities, and make it harder to prevent Iran from seeking to develop nuclear weapons, if negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program fail.

The move comes after Iran and other world powers reached an agreement this month to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

1. S-300 launch vehicle
2. 9M82M air defense missile
3. Three main components of an S-300 battery
4. S-300 launches a missile
5. The missile explodes near a fighter jet

VOICEOVER (in English):

“At the heart of the S-300 system is the launch vehicle, which carries and fires up to four missiles at a time.”

“Missiles like the 9M82M air defense missile. With advanced guidance systems, solid-rocket propellant, and proximity-fused warheads, it is usually used to defend against incoming missiles and fighter planes.”

“Launch vehicles are just one part of the system. Command post vehicles and mobile radar vehicles are also a part of the missile battery group.”

“The mobile radar system acquires and tracks targets as far as 300 km away.”

“Once the system has a lock, an operator fires the missile. The projectile travels at over three times the speed of sound to its target.”

“For most of this journey, the mobile radar is tracking the missile, and computers in the mobile command post its position. The 9M82M carries a warhead set near its target, exploding into a cloud of shrapnel.”

SOURCES: BBC, The Guardian, Military Today, Russia Today, CNN, Reuters,