Report: Iran Receives First S-300 Missile Shipment From Russia

Iran has received its first shipment of missiles for the sophisticated S-300 air defense system, the Iranian Tasnim media outlet reported Monday.

Russia is supplying Iran with the advanced S-300 PMU2 system rather than the PMU1 system–information that was previously withheld. Moscow began in April delivering the S-300 missile defense system to Tehran, which displayed part of it in a military parade held to mark National Army Day on April 17.

“The first shipment of missiles of S-300 missile system has recently entered Iran that shows Iran’s determination to equip its air defense circle with this system,” the Revolutionary Guard-linked Tasnim news agency reported.

Israeli Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel said last year that the missile system was “significant but not insurmountable for the IAF,” according to the Times of Israel.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jaberi Ansari said in April that the system’s delivery had already begun.

Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Iran’s Air Defense Commander, has said that the S-300 system will be fully operational at the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2017).

Full article: Report: Iran Receives First S-300 Missile Shipment From Russia (Washington Free Beacon)

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