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    In front of the portraits of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, left, a long-range, S-300 missile system is displayed by Iran's army during a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran

    Iran Views Russia as Strategic Partner in Defense Field

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    Iran relies on Russia as a strategic partner in the field of defense, Iran’s Deputy Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Abdolkarim Banitarafi said Thursday during the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017.

    ZHUKOVSKY (Sputnik) — The two states have a number of projects in the sphere of helicopter industry cooperation. In late March, Russian Helicopters, a helicopter manufacturing company, announced that it signed a memorandum on potential cooperation with the Iranian state corporation IDRO Group, providing for establishment of a joint plant in Iran to assembly Russian Ansat or Ka-226T light multirole helicopters.

    "We have relied and continue to rely on Russia as a strategic partner for the development of defense-related issues," Banitarafi said.

    Moreover, in December 2016, Iran's ambassador in Moscow Mehdi Sanayee said that Russia had finished executing the contract on supplying Iran with divisions of S-300 missile systems.

    The 13th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 in Zhukovsky, Moscow region, kicked off on Tuesday and will last through Sunday.

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