Russia agrees to sell Iran S-300 surface-to-air missiles

S-300 anti-aircraft missile system

S-300 anti-aircraft missile system

Russia has signed a contract to supply Iran with sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles following the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran earlier this year. Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia are all opposed to the contract.
Russian officials say the first batch could be delivered within 18 months once specifications have been agreed, with technical talks still under way. “The deal to supply the S-300 to Iran has not only been signed between the parties but it has already come into force,” Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said at the Dubai Air Show on Monday
Chemezov, who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that the two sides had resolved the issue of the $4bn lawsuit that Iran filed against Russia’s state arms export agency Rosoboronexport in 2011 and which had become the main sticking point in negotiations.
The $800m contract was originally signed in 2007 but was frozen by Russia in 2010 because of the sanctions. Israel and the US fear the missiles could be used to protect Iranian nuclear sites from air strikes.