Expert Says Russia Will Sell Iran Arms Worth $1.5b in Five Years
Roslan Pukhov, director of a Russian non-governmental technical and strategic research center has said Russia would probably sell arms worth 1.5 billion dollars to Iran in the next five years, said the Interfax news agency Thursday, cited by the Iranian official news agency (IRNA).
Pukhov said that the value of the delivered arms from Russia to Iran would reach 400 million dollars, but it would not exceed 300 million dollars annually, the agency said.
Pukhov told Interfax that Iran might rank third in buying arms from Russia, after China and India within the next five years. He said that Iran needs renovation and repair of his defensive armament more than any thing else. Iran is expected to demand an air defense system especially "Tor-M1" missiles. Pukhov also said that Iran might ask for "S-300" long range missile, but sales of such armaments are very sensitive of course. It also said Iran's Defense Minister Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani will visit Russia in early September to discuss arms and nuclear power deals, said IRNA – Albwaba.com
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