Iran Vows to Continue Military High-Tech Cooperation With Russia
19:00 16.02.2016(updated 19:07 16.02.2016)
Iran will continue military-technical cooperation with Russia with focus on high-tech equipment allowing Iran to maintain superiority and to stave off regional and global threats, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported citing unnamed sources thar Iran plans to buy the Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters, the Mil Mi-8 and the Mil Mi-17 helicopters, as well as other weapons from Russia in an arms deal worth more than $8 billion.
'Russia is our partner, we are cooperating and will continue to cooperate with Russia,' Dehghan, who is on a visit to Moscow, said in an interview with Rossiya 24 television.
'Our priority in this cooperation is, certainly, the things that give us the superiority capability, as well as ensure deterrence against the threats in the region and beyond,' the Iranian minister stressed.
The Iranians allegedly want to buy the Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighters, the Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft, the Mil Mi-8 and Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters, as well as the K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defense missile systems, frigates and diesel-electric submarines.
Last Thursday, a source in the Iranian Defense Ministry confirmed that Iran was interested in acquiring the Sukhoi Su-30 to upgrade its fleet. The source did not specify what version of the aircraft Iran was interested in. A day earlier, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, who is on a two-day visit to Moscow, mentioned that Tehran wanted to seal a license production deal with Russia.
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