Reuters reports that Iran and Russia signed a contract for Iran to purchase S-300 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia.
“S-300, the air defense system, the contract has already been signed,” Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, said at the Dubai Air Show on Monday.
S-300 missiles are long-range, surface-to-air missiles, used mostly for defense against ballistic missiles or hostile aircraft. S-300 missiles are widely regarded as one of the top anti-aircraft missile systems currently in use.
In October, Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-owned weapons company, stated that it was working on a contract to supply Iran with missile systems. This was the most recent announcement in a string of multiple, contradictory reports about Russian and Iran collaborating on missile sales.
As Al Bawaba previously reported, In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on the sale of Russian missiles to Iran. The ongoing international talks regarding the Iranian nuclear deal influenced Putin’s decision.