The S-300 advanced air defense missile systems that Russia refused to deliver to Iran have now been completely dismantled and scrapped.
“The equipment that was to have been delivered to Iran is no more,” Almaz-Antey Corporation’s CEO Vladislav Menshchikov said. “We have dismantled it completely. Some elements, which could be used, have been used. Some have been scrapped.”
Every contract is made for a particular client and cannot be adjusted to the requirements of another, he said.
Russia signed a deal in 2007 to provide Iran four S-300 batteries. Russia annulled the contract in 2010 due to concerns over its nuclear program. Iran filed a $4 billion lawsuit for compensation over the failed deal, which is pending review in an international arbitration court in Geneva.
Russian daily Vedomosti said in June, citing undisclosed Russian arms industry sources, that Russia had offered to provide Iran with Antei-2500 air defense systems, but the offer was never officially confirmed.
Anatoly Isaikin, the head of Russia’s state-run arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport said in mid-August his agency had no plans to provide Iran with replacements for the S-300 missile defense systems that Russia had refused to deliver.
S-300 is a family of air defense missile systems capable of engaging aerial targets from helicopters to cruise and ballistic missiles.
Israel, in particular, lobbied hard against the S-300 deal, according to Israeli media, over concerns that any Israeli air attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be made far more dangerous if Tehran operated the system.
Russia recently offered S-300VM or SA-23 Gladiator to Iran attempting to cover up its failed deal to supply S-300 missile systems to Tehran, according to reports. This S-300VM missile defense system can simultaneously destroy up to 24 aircraft within the range a range of 200 kilometers or intercept up to 16 ballistic missiles
Russia unveils its new short-to-mid-range air defense platform ‘Vityaz, which will replace older variants of the S-300 system. The army will begin testing the new hardware later this year
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday announced that it will honor its controversial contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria. “We respect all our contracts and are honoring all our contractual obligations,” Lavrov said
Rosoboronexport announced recently the development of a long-range air defense complex based on S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to be produced jointly with Turkey. Turkey launched a tender for the purchase of long-range air defense systems long ago but no winner is zeroed in yet
Iranian lawmakers announced on Friday that the issue of Russian S-300 air-defense system delivery to Iran could still be resolved. Iran is hoping Moscow will fulfill its contractual obligation and deliver the system to Tehran, said lawmaker Mohammad-Reza Mohseni-Sani
Iran is reported to have successfully tested two ballistic missiles yesterday, which has long been a source of concern for Western nations, according to IRNA news agency. "The new generation of ballistic missile with a fragmentation warhead, and a Bina laser-guided surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile, have been successfully tested," Defence Minister Hossein Dehgan said
Iran is planning to induce changes in the indigenously built Sayyad 2 air-defense missile system, to be mounted on under-construction Mowj-class vessels. "We can concurrently dispatch two fleets of warships in opposite directions to the east and west of the Indian Ocean and we have done this before and enjoy the technical capability to carry out such missions whenever necessary," Iran Navy Operations Lieutenant Commander Admiral Siyavash Jarreh was quoted by Fars News
The Iranian Air Defense Force has unveiled a new indigenously manufactured long-range radar system, Arash, with a high target detection capability during a ceremony in Tehran. Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base brigadier general Farzad Esmayeeli was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying that the newly developed system will enhance the country's radar power in VHF, UHF and HF bands, while making its integrated radar network more powerful in any possible electronic war
Greek armed forces test-fired a Russian-made S-300 air defense system on Friday, for the first time since it was bought 14 years ago. Greece is the only NATO member that has an S-300 in service
Iran today unveiled a missile-equipped drone with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles), according to IRNA news agency. "The Fotros drone has an operational range of 2,000 kilometres and can fly at an altitude of 25,000 feet, with a flight time of 16 to 30 hours," Defence Minister Mohammad Dehgan was quoted as saying
Russia will renew an old deal with Iran to supply five S-300 ground-to-air missile systems. It will also build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, according to Kommersant
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