Iran’s S-300 air defense systems procurement saga

The Iranian regime is once again trying to procure the Russian made S-300 air defense missiles, even after they had claimed that their Islamic revolutionary engineers could manufacture the S-300 system in Iran without any foreign assistance. Turns out, those bogus claims weren’t true.

The S-300 is a Soviet long range SAM (Surface to Air Missile) developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles with variants developed to intercept ballistic missiles.

The Iranian Air Defense Forces have some modern air defense systems such as the Russian built Tor M-1 and legacy air defense systems such as US made I-Hawk MIM-23, or Russian built SAM-6 and S-200 systems.

Almost all of these air defense systems are designed to deal with low to medium altitude targets, save for the legacy S-200 of which Iran has a handful. It must be noted that some of Syria’s Sa-17 air defense systems have found their way to Iran through Lebanon’s terrorist group Hezbollah which upon arrival, were given a new paint scheme and an Arabic name ‘Raad.’ Some analysts have rightly speculated that Iran has been the actual financier of these expensive purchases by the Syrians in the first place.

Iran’s plans to obtain the sophisticated S-300 missile system stems from the regime’s desire to protect its nuclear facilities from a possible US or Israeli air strike. The original deal was suspended by the Russian government out of respect for the United Nations’ embargoes on the Iranians.

So far their attempts at procuring S-300 have been futile. They must know that S-300 will not stop the Israeli Air Force or the U.S. Air Force from penetrating the Iranian air space in order to bomb the regime’s nuclear weapons facilities.

Winston Smith for

Image credit: FARS News agency


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  1. 1- do u like someone call your country regime ?

    2- Iran build already several mid-range SAM all by itself, Like Raad , Mersad , Mersad-2.

    3- The S-200 using by Iran is fully upgraded, Using different electronics and radars.

    4- if american or Israeli had the ball to attack Iran, they was doing it long time age.

    5- Israeli couldn’t deal with Hezbollah which is a small group of Lebanon people who defend their country against Israeli and been trained by Iran (new definition of terrorist by west)
    how the hell they wanna deal with Iran itself?

    • LMAO.

      1- If it looks like a duck, and talks like a duck….

      2-Yes, just like the Qaher 313, Saeqeh, and stealth flying boat. Very imposing specimens!

      3- See above.

      4- Nobody wants to attack Iran. Why would they? And the only people unaware that an attack on Iran would be a cake walk, are propaganda guzzling Iranians like yourself.

      5- You live in an alternate reality if you think Israel didn’t handle Hezbollah. How many rockets have come out of Lebanon since, BTW? That’s right.

        • According to who? Israel’s level of technological achievement is infinitely superior to Iran, in literally *all* fields. This is indisputable.

          If you’re talking about militarily? Israel can deliver more ordnance to Iran in two air sorties, than Iran’s entire stockpile of missiles capable of reaching Israel.

    • Oh BTW, you realize that photo above is from Iran’s first BS claim of S-300 ownership – but it’s actually just oil barrels welded together and bolted to the back of a tank carrier, don’t you? It’s completely fake – just like the rest of the propaganda you inhale.

    • don’t bother yourself with those details
      the last line shows the whole point of this thread
      “you must know that your air defence systems can’t stop “zionist regime” attacking you”
      well “The US regime” doesn’t even have balls to attack syria

      on that basis I can imagine how likely it is for “zionist regime” to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and survive after that idiotic move

  2. There must be a reading comprehension problem on the part of the author. I don’t see how Zarif’s answer to a question regarding the Antey 2500 procurement and Iran’s effort to develop its Bavar 373 syetm are mutually exclusive. In its most recent announcement, Iran has specifically said it’s looking for a replacement for the S-300 deal with Russia. This means they’re looking to get something in return fro their $800 m initial payment, OTHER THAN the the S-300. The work on Bavar, by all accounts, is ongoing.

    David, you may want to ask the author tone down the ideological language in order to preserve a semblance of professionalism here, as this reads like a 3rd-rate neocon blog.

    • If you think this “reads like a 3rd-rate neocon blog” because of “ideological language”, I’d *LOVE* to see your interpretation of Iranian government press releases and official Iranian government mouthpiece media.

  3. i would really be interested to know how S-300 is more essential to iranian AD than say OTH radars or metric band AESA radars.

  4. you are sick. Iran’s system is in R&D stage and of course Iran will build it eventually but it takes few years for the actual system. In the short term Iran needs a working system.

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