Iran, Russia in talks over major arms deal
Iran Press TV
Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:4PM
Russia and Iran are in talks over deliveries of the Russian-made weaponry as Tehran is interested in Moscow's entire range to replace its outdated military equipment, Vladimir Kozhin, Russian presidential aide on military-technical cooperation said Wednesday.
'Talks are underway…They [the Iranians] are interested in the entire range of our weaponry, because they have a large army, serious armed forces, but their military equipment has not been overhauled due to sanctions and all the events you know about,' Kozhin has been quoted as saying by Sputnik news agency.
'Talks are underway, and more are expected. The Iranian side is very interested in military-technical cooperation,' he added.
Iran has already renewed S-300 anti-aircraft missile system deliveries from Russia. On 9 November, Russia signed a new contract to supply Iran with the systems by the end of the year for the first time since the 2010 freeze on supplies under the UN Security Council resolutions.
Officials in Moscow have already announced that Russia has launched the procedure of the delivery of the S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran.
Russia's S-300 deal became possible again after Iran reached a deal with the P5+1 group of countries over its nuclear energy program back in July.
Kozhin told reporters in July that the S-300 system is to be modernized before being delivered to Iran, given the fact the original contract was struck a long time ago.
Analysts have already emphasized that the S-300 missile system would represent a qualitative upgrade in the capacity of the country's air defenses. They said this would specifically give Iran the capability to intercept cruise missiles and short-and medium range ballistic missiles.
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