18/04/2016 09:34

Iran Displays Russian S-300 Missile Defense Shield in Military Parade

Iran on Sunday displayed the first S-300 air defense missile system imported from Russia a few days ago.

A battalion of the S-300 missile defense system was showed off today without displaying the missiles.

The missile defense shield went on display on the occasion of the national Army Day during which military parades were held in Southern Tehran in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani.

Russia is due to deliver several more S-300 missile shields to Iran by the end of this year.

Russia had announced earlier this month that the first shipment of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran will be made within days.

Moscow and Tehran signed a contract for the delivery of five battalion sets of S-300 PMU1 air defense missile systems in 2007.

In 2010, Moscow suspended the contract, citing a UN Security Council resolution banning weapon sales to Tehran until it proved the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. The resolution only banned the delivery of offensive, and not defensive, weapons systems. Hence, Iran sued Moscow at an international court of arbitration. But Tehran dropped the lawsuit after Russia said in 2015 that it would start the delivery.

In 2015, Moscow annulled the S-300 delivery ban, after Iran and the six world powers, including Russia, reached a framework nuclear deal to lift the anti-Tehran sanctions in exchange for guarantees of the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.