Iran receives missiles for S-300 defense system purchased from Russia

Entire system to arrive in Iran by March 2017; Iranian media confirms missile delivery

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Iran received its first shipment of missiles for its S-300 missile defense system purchased from Russia Tuesday, Iran’s Tasnim media agency confirming that “The first shipment of missiles for the S-300 missile system has recently entered Iran.”

Russia delivered the first shipment for the surface-to-air missile system in April, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili reporting earlier this month that the entirety of the S-300 system would arrive to Iran by March 2017.

In April, Iran showcased the S-300 air defense missile system during its annual Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army Day in Tehran. Speaking during a military ceremony celebrating the system’s arrival, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed support from the Islamic Republic against “terrorist or the Zionists” proclaiming “Iranian Army is the army of Islam, Islamic system and the whole Iranian nation. This army defends our establishment, homeland, laws, prestige, and national interests… If we can now proudly speak of our country’s security in such an insecure and unstable region, it is all due to having a mighty army, powerful Revolutionary Guards…”

Speaking on international diplomatic efforts against Iran’s missile program advancement, Rouhani insisted that Iran’s continued development of its missile program does not violate any part of the nuclear deal (UN Security Council Resolution 2231). He stated then that “even our enemies admit Iran’s military power and missile program have nothing to do with the nuclear deal and the Resolution 2231. They too acknowledge the fact that Iran’s military might must be preserved and strengthened.”

Last week, Rouhani warned that Iran “could restore its nuclear program” if world powers were to violate any aspect of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [nuclear deal between Iran and world powers]. He again claimed that Iran has not violated the nuclear deal.

In March of this year, Iran tested two ballistic missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written on the missiles, violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Head of the Revolutionary Guard’s Aerospace Division, Brid. Gen. Ali Hajizadeh, confirmed the threat against the State of Israel after the launch stating “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance.”