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June 23, 2013 2:18 pm

Report: Russia Offers Iran Alternative to S-300 Missile System

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his then-Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in 2011. Photo: FPM.

Russia is attempting to avoid a multi-billion dollar lawsuit from Iran over a failed deal to supply S-300 missile systems by offering an alternative defense system, the Russian Kommersant daily reported Saturday.

The newspaper, citing unnamed sources in the Russian arms trade industry,  said the new offer on the table is for the Antei-2500, aka S-300VM. The missile defense system can simultaneously destroy up to 24 aircraft within a range of 200 kilometers or intercept up to 16 ballistic missiles.

Iran signed a contract with Russia in 2007 for five S-300 missile defense systems but the deal was scrapped in 2010 by then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who was unilaterally expanding on sanctions against Iran imposed by the UN Security Council.

Iran filed a $4-billion lawsuit against Russia in the international arbitration court in Geneva, which is currently pending review.

Russia has been unable to have the lawsuit dismissed.

The country is already exporting the Antei-2500, having delivered two missile systems to Venezuela earlier this year, and sees the system as a good replacement for the S-300 system.

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  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    This is an intriguing article. I try to decipher the real meaning the behind the words… it possible Russia is playing Russian Roulette or four moves ahead chess? Iran cannot take on Russia…..clearly courts are not rushing to pursue Iran’s desire to prosecute Russia; for breach of Contract. Russia is an interesting player on many fronts. Israel has the sense to keep Russia in her sights, playing very carefully after returning from talks with Russia. Shortly after the visit SS300 were no longer destined for Syria? China is also on friendly terms with Israel more so than she is with the US it appears. The ensuing game is yet to be clear.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Interesting, I had the impression from the reading is offering a better system to Iran or I’m wrong? Is the Antei-2500 more sophisticate? How, Russia can be hold accountable of the deal? If follow UN embargo? My opinion is that Russia had overtaken in technology the USA, a least, in military capacity, from ground to air. Supporting Iran is not in long term they interest and they will pay the price of helping them as Islam will collide against Russia culture and religion.