China and Russia are looking to give Iran’s armed forces a boost with fighter jets and defense systems as part of their strategy against the United States, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.
With the US encouraging its allies to gang up on China in the West Pacific and NATO pushing on Russia in the Black Sea and the Barents Sea, the report said, Beijing and Moscow are striking back by investing their efforts in the Middle East and in particular Iran, a country that continues to be a tricky issue for Washington.
As part of this strategy, China is said to be aiming to provide Iran with a new fleet of advanced fighter jets, while Russia is considering selling Iran a new missile defense system.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) currently has around 500 aircraft, though they comprise mostly old fighter jets like the F-4D, Su-24, F-5E, J-7M and the F1. There is also a limited number of F-14As and MiG-29s, but not enough to counterbalance the US and its allies. Iran’s air defense systems are also regarded as weak and plagued with holes.
Russia is reportedly offering Iran an upgraded version of its S-300 air defense system. The S-300 would significantly bolster Iran’s defense as it can intercept aircraft and missiles from extremely low altitudes to high altitudes and from both close and long range.
Full article: Russia and China selling Iran arms to stick it to US: Sina Military (Want China Times)