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    Iran's Russian-Made S-300 Systems to Become Operational by March 20

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    The Russian-made S-300 air defense systems delivered to Iran will become operational by late March 2017, local media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Iran's Tasnim news agency, Commander of Iran's Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaili said that the S-300 systems would be brought into operation by the end of the Iranian year, which ends on March 20, 2017.

    The $900-million Russia-Iran contract to deliver five Russian S-300 systems to Iran was signed in 2007. It was suspended after the adoption of UN Security Council sanctions on Iran in mid-2010. In April 2015, Russia resumed talks on the S-300 deliveries following a framework agreement on the landmark deal ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear program.

    Russia and Iran are expected to fulfill the S-300 contracts in 2016, according to the Iranian military officials.


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      INVITE IRAN to the CSTO airspace defense. Russia should have a BASE in Iran. the size of a carrier. With planes sorted that can land and take off from all forms of carrier take off and landing.
      Arrest hook can be store till need it. Then add S 400 to the base. And NO STUPID negotiations with NATO nor U.S.. unbelievable.
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      These weapons are useless, outdated, and bad. Why, bought last year, deliver and setup this year, and will be operational next year? So the enemy will say, prepare to go to war with Iran today. (2016), get the fighter jets ready next year (2017)' and launch the war in 2018?
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