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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Russia sells Iran state of the art anti-aircraft missile defense

Russia has sold Iran its state of the art S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense system which, according to an analyst on Israel Television last night (can you all tell I was driving during the nightly news magazine and heard the whole thing uninterrupted?), is more advanced than anything comparable in the US or Israel's arsenal, and is far beyond the Patriot missiles that Israel has for defense. According to the analyst, one of the keys to the S-300 is that it doesn't just go after the bombers, but it also attacks support aircraft like refueling planes, making mission planning far more complex.
"The S-300 air defense system will be delivered to Iran on the basis of a contract signed with Russia in the past," said Iran's Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, according to Iranian state television.

The missiles can intercept targets at an altitude of up to 27 kilometers (90,000 feet) and at ranges of up to 150 kilometers (95 miles) from the launch point. They are effective against cruise missiles and ballistic warheads as well, and are equivalent to the PAC-3 Patriot missiles which Israel is considering purchasing.

Russian military officials contend that the S-300 is of a higher operational standard than the U.S.-built Patriot missiles currently used by Israel.

The S-300 systems are also a major improvement over the 29 Tor-M1 air defense missile systems delivered to Iran from Russia earlier this year. The $700 million contract for that purchase was signed in December 2005. Former Israel Air Force Commander Eitan Ben-Eliyahu told Channel 10 TV that the missiles will make it significantly harder for Israel to attack Iran from the air, if it chooses to do so.


Najjar did not specify how many S-300 systems would be shipped to Iran, nor did he say when this would happen. An unidentified Russian source confirmed that dozens of S-300 batteries would be transferred to Iran and that the contract had already been signed several years ago.
In the old days, Israel would have 'arranged' for the missiles never to reach their destination in Iran. Don't count on that happening with this group of dhimmies in power.


At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And 'Russian expert' Condi Rice utters not a peep.

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Daniel434 said...

Regardless of these S-300's, Israel's pinky finger is larger than Iran's waist. Israel needs the confidence to attack Iran. I believe Israel has the military power, intelligence, and strategy but lacks confidence. It will only get worse the longer Israel & the US waits.

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