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May 11, 2015 5:09 pm

Iran Promises Not to Reverse Engineer Russian S-300 Missile Defense System

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Iran claims it will not reverse engineer the Russian S-300 missile air defense system. PHOTO: Russia Today.

Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmayeeli, the Commander of Iran’s Khatamul Anbia Air Defense Base, announced on Monday that his country does not intend to reverse engineer the sophisticated Russian S-300 missile air defense system.

According to Esmayeeli, “S-300 is an operational system and doesn’t need reverse engineering,” and “since the S-300 is a defensive operational system, it will be deployed in specific spots and will not be reverse engineered.”

According to semi-official state news agency Fars, Esmayeeli also emphasized that the Khatamul Anbia Air Defense Base’s experts have undergone the necessary training, and are ready to use the Russian-made missile defense shield.

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Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his decision to end a ban on the sale of the S-300 missile defense shield to Iran. Iran’s Defense Minister, Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan said the “decision came as a result of the two countries’ political leaders’ will to develop and promote cooperation in all fields.”

Dehqan also announced that Iran would be testing its own, home-made version of the S-300 system, called the Bavar 373 – which it claims was designed and developed after the Russians embargoed the delivery of their systems – before the end of the current Iranian year. He told reporters, “we expect to be able to test the [domestic] production model of the S-300 by the end of the current [Iranian] year.”

In April, Iran displayed its Bavar 373 missile defense system during military parades south of Tehran. The Iranians claimed their domestic version is superior to the Russian original, with increased mobility, agility and reduced launch-preparation time.

Israel has long lobbied against the sale of the advanced weaponry to Iran, fearing it may hinder a military operation against Iran’s nuclear sites.

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  • Lauren Goldman

    If they said that they are not going to reverse engineer the missiles, it is a given that they are doing it right now. Their lips are moving; they are lying. The word ‘promise’ means nothing to them; of real importance to them is the word ‘taqiyya.’

    • MAHMOOD

      You are caught up in a web……………..could not expect better understanding from you as usual.

    • Luigi Rosolin

      agree

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    the only Iran’s promise we can trust is to try to eliminate Israel

  • manley kiefer

    I’m not as concerned as much as what Iran says but what they do,

  • dante

    oh, that’s believable…but only to the seriously gullible: the iranians really don’t need the russian system because the bavar 373 is superior to the s-300. really? but they still want the s-300 and they declare that they will not reverse engineer it? no adult with an i.q. above room temperature would believe that. kerry believes it? draw your own conclusion.

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