Russia offers Iran Antey-2500 systems instead of S-300
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
Russia offered Iran the Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile systems instead of the undelivered S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, the director general of the Russian state corporation Rostec, Sergei Chemezov told reporters, the Interfax agency reported Feb. 23.
"S-300 is no longer manufactured," Chemezov said. "We have offered Iran the Antey-2500. So far they are thinking, a decision hasn't been made."
An intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation between Russia and Iran was signed on Jan. 20 during the Russian defense minister, Sergei Shoigu's official visit to Iran.
The agreement will contribute to the development of military and technical cooperation between the two countries, including the resumption of talks on the deliveries of the S-300 systems, according to Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, the president of the International Center for Geopolitical Analysis, and the former head of the main department for international cooperation at Russia's Defense Ministry.
Russia signed in 2007 a contract to supply Iran with about $800 million worth of five battalions of S-300PMU-1 consisting of 40 launchers.
Following the sanctions imposed against Iran in 2010, the Russian-Iranian contract was suspended.
Iran filed a lawsuit against Russia's intermediary agency for exports and imports of defense-related and dual use products, technologies and services, the Rosoboronexport in the arbitration court of Geneva, Switzerland.
Russia offered to make peace, promising the new supplies of the Tor-M1E surface-to-air missile systems.