S-300 Air Defense Missile Systems Assume Combat Duty in Iran
Russia’s S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems have been placed on combat duty in Iran, Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said.
"The S-300 have assumed combat duty and are operational", the general said, without specifying the area where the Russian air defense missile systems had been deployed.
As Tasnim reports, this is the first official statement on the deployment of S-300 missile systems in Iran.
Russia signed a contract with Iran in 2007 on the delivery of S-300 air defense missiles systems to the Islamic Republic. However, the contract’s fulfillment was suspended in 2010.
In April 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted Russia’s ban on the delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran and in November that year the contract came into force.
Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said in October 2016 that Russia had completed the delivery of S-300 systems to Iran.