- Jul 6, 2013
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Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Tehran next month, according to a newspaper report. Among other things, he is to discuss with Iran's new president is a possible deal to supply advanced antiballistic missiles to the Islamic Republic.
Russia is offering Iran to purchase S-300VM Antey-2500 air defense systems, according to defense industry sources. It's a cousin of the S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile family. S-300s were developed for the Soviet air defense forces, but the ground forces, an organizationally distinct branch of the army, wanted a similar system tailored for their own needs. On their order the S-300V was developed and later upgraded to the better S-300VM version.
An S-300VM battery is capable of taking down both aerial targets moving as fast as 4,500kph, tracking and engaging up to 24 aircraft or up to 16 ballistic missiles simultaneously. It has a range of up to 200km for aircraft and up to 40km for ballistic missiles. It takes no more than 6 minutes for a trained crew to deploy the system from travel position to combat position.
The system is cleared for international export. Russia sold two S-300VM batteries to Venezuela in April this year, which was the first deal fort the hardware. Turkey and India are among possible buyers of the system. Putin to offer advanced antimissiles to soothe Iran?s S-300 grudge ? report ? RT News