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    Russia’s S-300 Missiles in Iran May Alter Power Balance in Middle East

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    Iran will be able to control the air space far beyond its borders and at the same time protect its nuclear facilities against potential attacks.

    The selling of one of the world's most advanced air defense systems, the S-300 missiles, to Iran will potentially alter the balance of power in the Middle East, journalist Jeremy Bender wrote.

    The deal will give Iran a double advantage. It will be able to control the air space far beyond its borders and at the same time it will be able to protect its nuclear facilities against potential attacks.

    It is so far unknown which model of S-300 Moscow will sell to Tehran. It had previously agreed to sell Iran the S-300 PMU1 system in 2007. This model of launcher has a range of about 93 miles, can fire at multiple targets, and can down aircraft flying as high as 90,000 feet. Additionally, the satellites associated with the S-300 can track aerial targets up to 150 miles away.

    If an S-300 battery were placed on Iran’s southern coast, Tehran could quickly detect American or allied aircraft taking off from local bases.

    Apart from that, most modern strike aircraft will be easily detectable long before reaching Iranian shores; the S-300 would allow Iran capacities beyond its airspace.

    Russian systems will help Iran to reliably protect its nuclear facilities. At the same time, "the Iranian air defense system will be virtually immune to all types of US aircraft, but the most advanced," the Business Insider journalist said.

    The delivery of the system would mitigate the threat of military action against Tehran in the event of breaches in the nuclear agreement.

    Ultimately, the existence of the S-300s would make any military action against Iran very difficult and costly — even for the US Military.

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    • Mikhas
      Iran would, in both itself´s and Russia´s interest get the latest upgrade of the system. A base S-400 in all but name minus a few details , with the latest rockets.

      That will impose a NFZ that would cost so much preciousss Zionazi blood that the jewish ghetto state would try to lure the American into it insted
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      slimyfox
      There are many who thinks that Russia should supply Iran with latest SAM technology such as S-400. That would be big mistake and strategically very dangerous for Russian national security. Believe me that NATO is holding back from going outright in war against Russia because they would need quick and surgical victory against Russia with as less as possible victims amongst their serviceman and above all they need to be assured that no Russian nuclear missile will ever hit any EU or US land. At the same time they need assurance that they will be able to overcome Russian air defence SAM systems as well as ABM systems.

      Knowing that it is very clear that as soon as USA and their vassals would learn how to defend against S-300 in all of their variations, and how to suppress them it would change the rules of engagement. That would nullify Russian advantage and Russia would become exposed and very vulnerable to NATO attacks. That is one of the reasons that exported military equipment is never close, let alone same as domestic systems. There is unsurpassed difference just to keep your possible enemies away from the real knowledge.

      Saying that, it does not mean that export systems are much worst than domestic one. No that is not the case, they are still very sophisticated and beyond anything US can master right now. They would still cause unbearable pain to possible aggressor, but as more of them would be fired and guided more western experts would learn about them and eventually come to the right solution. Normally that would be price too high to pay in material loss as well as in human loss, as pilots would be captured and lost for USA forever. Educating a good pilot is extremely expensive and the price is rising seriously well over 8 million EUR which is how much costs us one domestic student to graduate in University in Berlin. Pilots cost several times more than that as during their studies they are using very expensive aircraft, ammunition, fuel and so on. Imagine that one missile can cost anything from 50.000 up to 1 million EUR and pilot needs to learn and experience working with any of them, so during their studies they fire them a lot.

      Now, as we know that learning curve for NATO how to overcome Russian SAM systems can be extremely expensive and politically counter-productive. However they will use every trick in book to minimise these costs by using unmanned aircraft as well as remotely controlled aircraft to fly and to mimic attack on country. Iran would immediately engage radars and all other guidance systems and fire missiles which would flawlessly hit and destroy target. However this target will be worthless but gathered data will be priceless for attacker. By doing so in few months of intensive provocations and loss of cheap old written-off unmanned airplanes, they would eventually learn how to defend themselves against these Russian produced SAM systems.

      As said that would endanger Russian defence capabilities and that is reason why Russia has so many different systems developed and why is selling something what is only similar to real McCoy. Iran is not so high priority target for USA as they know that price to pay for learning would be too high and absolutely unacceptable by domestic population in USA. In other hand they would assume that Russia would soon send them a new type of similar missiles and learning would start all over again without any real benefit for NATO or US in particular. It would be USA wet dream if Russia would supply Syria or Iran with their best and ultimate product. That would expose Russia to any aggression from USA, but as it is keeps us all (even us in EU) safe from American corporate neocon madness.
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