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Iran releases images of new missile defence system

Updated Aug 22, 2016 09:50am

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IRAN released images of its first domestically built long-range missile defence system on Sunday, a project started when the country was under international sanctions.

The system was designed to intercept cruise missiles, drones, combat aircraft and ballistic missiles, according to earlier statements by Dehghan. It was intended to match the Russian S-300 system, the delivery of which was suspended in 2010 due to sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear programme.

“We did not intend to make an Iranian version of the S-300 — we wanted to build an Iranian system, and we built it,” Dehghan told the IRNA news agency on Saturday.

Rouhani said in a televised speech that Iran’s military budget had more than doubled compared with last year. “If we are able to discuss with world powers around the negotiating table, it is because of our national strength, because of our national unity,” he said.

In 2015, shortly before the conclusion of an international agreement on the nuclear programme, Moscow re-authorised the delivery of the S-300 system in a move criticised by the United States and Israel. Iran’s army said in May that it was now equipped with the S-300 system, though further parts are due over the coming months.

Published in Dawn, August 22nd, 2016

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Comments (3) Closed



Zealot Aug 22, 2016 01:21pm

Must take an example of North Korea too whose defence budget is 15 billion dollars with 7500000 active,paramilitary and reserve troops,conducted H-bomb Test,out of its 40 billion dollars of GDP.now iran slapped these sanctions over her by making an effective defence system...what about us then? 282 billion dollars still 7 billion on defence?.....TAKE A LOOK AT THESE TWO

Zealot Aug 22, 2016 01:42pm

Bravo iran.despite ineffective airforce,army or even navy.but still with 19 billion dollars of defence budget with 77 million of population.just like N korea who has 20 million of population.with 15 billion dollars of defence budget.who is winner then at the end? This is how nations earn self respect and dignity.

Ifti Aug 22, 2016 03:40pm

It is a Hoax just like their claimed Stealth Fighter Qaher.The Canisters containing Missiles look are too small to carry Long Range SAM missiles