Iran urges Russia to fulfil missile supply contract
Tehran: Russia has to fulfil its contract on the supply of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran, Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi has said.
"We have a contract with Russia to buy S-300 missiles. I don`t think it is right for Russia to be seen in the world as a country which does not fulfil its contractual obligations," Iranian Labor News Agency reported quoting Vahidi on Wednesday.
Russia signed a contract with Iran on the supply of S-300 missiles to the Islamic Republic in December 2005. However, there have been no official reports about the start of the contract`s implementation since then.
In December 2008, the Iranian media reported that Russia had started delivering elements of the advanced version of the S-300 missile. However, Russia`s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation has denied such reports.
The latest version of the S-300 series is the S-300PMU2 Favorit, which has a range of up to 195 km and can intercept aircraft and ballistic missiles at altitudes from 10 meters to 27 km.
It is considered one of the world`s most effective all-altitude regional air defence systems, comparable in performance to the US MIM-104 Patriot system.
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