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Israel reacted positively on Tuesday to Moscow’s announcement that it
deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Iran.
Interfax news agency quoted a top military official as saying the United
Nation’s latest Iran sanctions, which Moscow had backed, ruled out the
of missile systems.
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Russia sold the systems to Iran in 2007, but has yet
to deliver them, although Iranian military officers are reportedly being trained
on the systems at a base near Moscow.
Russian military official Alexander
Fomin on Tuesday did not refer to the S-300s by name, but pledged Moscow
desist from supplying “large missile systems,” in accordance with the
During a visit to Jerusalem three weeks ago, Russian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that a presidential decree on what
would and would not be sold was being formulated, following the UN
Council resolution in June to impose a fourth set of sanctions on
One of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraftmissile systems
in the world, the S-300 has a reported ability to track up to 100
simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time.
In Israel, there
are two schools of thought with regard to the severity of the S-300
the one hand, there are those such as IAF commander Maj.- Gen. Ido
argue that all means need to be used to prevent the system from reaching
due to the impact it would have on Israel’s operational freedom.
officials are less concerned by the system and claim that if and when
is delivered to Iran, Israel will be able to develop an electronic
system to neutralize it.
An example of this capability was demonstrated
during Israel’s 2007 bombing of the Syrian nuclear reactor. Then,
foreign media outlets, the IAF used electronic warfare systems to
Syrian air defenses, believed by some to have been the most dense and
comprehensive in the region.AP contributed to this report.