Iran and Russia signed a defense and military cooperation agreement today but left out the contentious issue of S-300 missile delivery to Tehran.
The agreement was signed by Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Tehran after two day negotiations between the two sides.
“A great step in consolidating these relations [between Russia and Iran] was today’s signing of an intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation. A theoretic base of cooperation in the military sphere has been created,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said after signing the agreement with Iranian Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Minister Hossein Dehghan in the country’s capital of Tehran.
Shoigu added that during negotiations, an agreement was reached on “bilateral cooperation in practical regards and to promote an increase in the military capabilities of the armed forces of our countries.”
"The deal stressed the need for strengthening and promoting the level of bilateral military and defense cooperation with regard to the common interests of both Tehran and Moscow", Iran news agency PressTV said.
In September 2010, Russia frooze an $800-million deal to deliver five S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Iran following UN sanctions banning arms exports to Tehran. Iran in turn filed a $4-billion lawsuit with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva against Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
With Russia too facing US and European sanctions over Crimea, Moscow has threatened to walk out of the strategic arms limitations treaty with the US and may resume arms exports to Iran.
In May 2014, the Iranian defense minister paid an official visit to Russia to take part in an international security conference.
In January 2013, Tehran and Moscow signed an MoU to increase security cooperation between the two countries.
The Fifth- Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project is expected to be top priority in talks between the Russian Defense Minister and Indian counterpart to be held on Wednesday at New Delhi. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu will arrive here tomorrow on a three-day visit to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar and review the ongoing cooperation and future prospects in the defence sector
Iran has successfully tested an indigenously made fighter aircraft, Borhan, Tasnim News Agency reported Saturday. According to the report, the fighter has been completely manufactured by the Iranian military experts and has successfully passed wind tunnel tests
The UK is expected to order $334 million worth truck based surface-to-air super missile systems to protect the Falklands as Argentina leases Russian Fighter Jets, local media reported Thursday. London plans to replace the current aging Rapier missiles stationed at the islands
Moscow has threatened to renege its commitment to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) both in the framework and in the area of non-proliferation with Washington. "We have not taken any concrete steps in this direction, but I am not ruling out the possibility that Washington could force us to do so, to adjust our policy in this area," Mikhail Ulyanov, Head of Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti Tuesday
Iran deploys its new national missile defense system dubbed “real Iron Dome”, making its airspace the safest in the Middle East. “Today Iran's Air Defense System has provided our country with an Iron Dome in its real sense and Iran's airspace is the safest in the region," said Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard, vice speaker of Irans parliament was quoted as saying by Fars news agency
Iran has commenced mass production of its indigenous fighter jet, Saeqeh (Thunderbolt in Farsi). The twin-seater fighter jet has already gone through mass production, a spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran Airforce (IRIAF) announced on Wednesday
Russia has repealed its ban on delivery of long range Surface-to-air S-300 missile systems to Iran, Kremlin said in a statement Monday. Russia had cancelled advanced S-300 ground to air missiles delivery contract, citing UN sanctions imposed over Tehran's nuclear programme
Russia may resume implementation of the contract for the supply of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran if the UN Security Council lifts weapons sanctions against Tehran, said director of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (TSAMTO) Igor Korotchenko on Friday. Before that, G6 countries (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) and Iran managed to agree on the fundamental parameters of a future agreement on the Iranian nuclear program
Iran has launched indigenously-built combat fighter, Saeqeh 2 (Thunderbolt 2), on Monday for training purposes. "The double-cockpit supersonic fighter jet which has been designed and built by the defense ministry's aerospace industries organization in cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran's Air Force will do close-range cover and backup in tactical missions as well as advanced pilot training missions," Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency
Russian United Instrument Corporation (UIC) has constructed two prototype versions of reconnaissance and strike drones, “Chirok” and is preparing them for tests, Ria Novosti reported Friday. There are currently three models of RSF Chirok, one of them is a mock-up copy and the other two are full sized models with a payload weight limit of 300 Kilograms
Iran has built a 27-meter-long missile, capable of delivering a warhead “far beyond Europe,” and placed it on a launch pad at a site close to Tehran. The missile could be used to launch spacecraft and carry warheads, an Israeli television report said Wednesday, Times Of Israel reported
Russia yesterday unveiled a new combat robot which can shoot, drive a vehicle and provide medical aid. The new robot called Avatar, which can also travel on variety of Terrain, was designed to function like a human being
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