Tehran: Iran has obtained four S-300
surface-to-air missiles despite Russia`s refusal to deliver
them to Tehran under a valid contract, a semiofficial Iranian
news agency claimed on Wednesday.
The Fars news agency, which has ties to Iran`s elite
Revolutionary Guard, Iran`s most powerful military force, said
Iran received two missiles from Belarus and two others from
another unspecified source. Fars didn`t elaborate, and there
was no immediate official confirmation of the report.
Russia signed a contract in 2007 to sell S-300 missiles
to Iran, a move that would have substantially boosted the
country`s defence capacities. Israel fears that supplying
S-300s to Iran would change the military balance in the Middle
The S-300 anti-aircraft missile defence system is capable
of shooting down aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic
missile warheads at ranges of over 90 miles (144 kilometres)
and at altitudes of about 90,000 feet (27,432 meters).
Russia said in June that the new tough UN Security
Council sanctions against Iran prevent Russia from delivering
the missiles to Iran but Iran has insisted that Moscow is
under an obligation to carry out the contract to provide the
S-300 missiles to Tehran.