Evil Empire: Russians selling advanced air defense weapons to Iran

Dangerous Russian games continue courtesy of Matt Drudge..

MOSCOW, April 19 (RIA Novosti)

The chief of the General Staff said Wednesday that Russia would honor its commitments on supplying military equipment to Iran.

"We discussed supplies of military equipment to Iran, including the Tor M1, in the framework of bilateral cooperation, but it does not fall into the category of strategic weapons," Army General Yury Baluyevsky said after talks in Moscow with NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General James Jones.

"And I can assure you it will be delivered under the control of the relevant organizations," he said.

At the end of 2005, Russia concluded a $700-million contract on the delivery of 29 Tor M1 air defense systems to Iran.

The Tor-M1 is a fifth-generation integrated mobile air defense system designed for operation at medium, low and very low altitudes against fixed/rotary wing aircraft, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle), guided missiles and other high-precision weapons.

Despite strong criticism from the United States, Russia has maintained that the systems could be used only to protect Iran’s air space.

Tor-M1 / sa-15 Gauntlet
Photo Credit: Defense Update

The Tor-M1 is better known as the SA-15 Gauntlet here in NATO land, this is one of the most advanced mobile anti air weapon systems around on the planet.

It is OUTRAGEOUS that Russia is selling nearly 30 of these systems to Iran. They sell them the nuclear technologies, the advanced defense systems to protect them, impede any real diplomatic progress in isolating Iran..

Putin, you’re a menace to society.

Please note, this hardware is advanced enough to take out UAV’s, Cruise Missiles, on top of Aircraft and choppers.. Everything on the table if allied nations require the use of strikes to stop Iran’s Nuclear Weapons program.

[tags]Military, Iran, Russia[/tags]

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  • K-O-N

    Notice the irone: Evil empire and selling air defense weapons, rings a bell? No one was selling nuclear technologies to Iran capable of being used as nuclear weapons, it’s a big occusation, considering that Russia was actively campaigning for a resolution of selling purified uranim to Iran since everyone agrees that Iran shouldn’t have the capability of purifying uranium by more than 20%. I am afraid the americans hate to lose their military export and often have to resolve to blacklisting russian companies accusing them of directly threatening america. Despite geographically being in one of the safest locations on earth and having a military budge 8 times bigger than any other second closes nation, they are indeed playing a geographical policeman that has some sort of an order to search and arrest everyone at will, or so they think. Hopefully the EU will provide more counterweight to USA in the future, because I am fed up with one nation ravaging about with their “democratic” export.