December 25th, 2005
Iran seeks military-technical cooperation with Russia: ambassador info
Probably for missiles with tanks/BMP's and hopefully we could go on with military capable aircrafts.
| MOSCOW (MOSNEWS) -- Iran is interested in developing military-technical cooperation with Russia, the country’s ambassador to Russia, Gholam-Reza Ansari, said on Friday. |
“Until now, our cooperation has mostly been established in the sphere of trade,” the ambassador was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.
“But the Iranian government now wants to strengthen cooperation with Russia in the field of energy, in particular nuclear energy. We also intend to develop military-technical cooperation.”
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov earlier confirmed Russia’s intention to continue military-technical cooperation with Iran. He said that “Russia is supplying Iran with conventional armaments and military hardware such as armored vehicles and air defense equipment of a limited range. This is ordinary commercial trade and we are not going to end it.”
It was reported in the beginning of December that Russia had struck a deal to sell short-range, surface-to-air missiles to Iran. Ivanov said this did not change the balance of forces in the region.
The European Union has formally protested to Russia about the deal.
Russia to honor Iran arms deal despite U.S. objection
Russia will fully comply with a deal with Iran to supply it with the Tor-M1 air defense systems despite U.S. objections, a senior Defense Ministry official said on Friday, Xinhuanet reported.
"The Russian side, despite objections from the United States, will honor its contract with Iran for the supply of the upgraded version of the Tor system," the official was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying.
The official said delivery of the 30 Tor-M1 systems will begin in January and be completed by the end of next year.
The deal is believed to be worth 1.4 billion U.S. dollars and is the biggest ever arms deal between Russia and Iran. The Tor-M1 system is capable of identifying up to 48 targets and tracing and firing at two targets simultaneously at a height of up to 6,100 meters.