Iran Negotiating Purchase of Tur-M1 Missile System from Russia

A02695608.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency) Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said that Tehran has entered negotiations with Moscow for the purchase of Russia’s Tur-M1 Missile system.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting here on Wednesday, the General noted the fourth meeting of Iran-Russia defense commission, and said, “During the meeting, the Iranian side entered negotiations with the high-ranking Russian delegation in different areas, and the two sides reached agreements on a number of issues, including a discussion about Tur-M1 missile system.”

Earlier today, the defense minister also said that Tehran had signed a contract with Russia Tuesday night on the purchase and deployment in Iran of another advanced missile system called S-300.

Najjar dismissed any link between the said contract and the recent report by 16 US intelligence bodies which confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities, adding that the date of S-300 delivery would be revealed to public later in future.

S-300 is considered as among the most advanced anti-missile systems in the world capable of targeting various types of missiles and warplanes at different altitudes. Despite Tour-M which can identify and trace targets merely at low altitudes, S-300 enjoys the required capabilities to trace and destroy targets at low and high altitudes, granting Iran air superiority over enemy missiles and aircrafts.

Asked to comment on remarks made by Russian President Vladimir Putin warning Iran about a surprise attack by the US troops following the recent US National Intelligence Estimate, Najjar said, “This is a personal view stated by the Russian president.

“We are at the highest level of preparedness and power on the sea, on land and in the air,” he added.

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