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

Saturday, June 6, 2015
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
06.06.2015

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.

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