Iran Deploys Russian S-300 Surface To Air Missiles At Its Fordow Nuclear Facility

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A few short months after Iran publicly demonstrated the arrival of Russian S-300 missile systems, overnight Iran's state media reported that Tehran has deployed the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system around its Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility. Iranian state TV on Sunday aired footage of deployment of the recently delivered missile system to the nuclear site in the central Iran.

S-300 missile systems around nuclear facilities in Fordow, Fars News

Fordow Nuclear and Physics Research Center

"Our main priority is to protect Iran's nuclear facilities under any circumstances," Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) air defense force told state TV cited by Reuters.  Esmaili did not say whether the new missile defense system was operational, however the IRGC commander did say that, “Today, Iran's sky is one of the most secure in the Middle East.”

Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the country's military power was for defensive purposes. "The S-300 system is a defence system not an assault one, but the Americans did their utmost to prevent Iran from getting it," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.

In May, Iran announced that it had deployed the S-300 defense systems at its Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base. The missile redployment next to the facility which several years ago was the focus on an infamous Stuxnet infestation, which was allegedly masterminded by Israeli and US espionage organizations, is likely to provke an angry condemnation from the west which may see the move as one of provocation and potentially a hint that the Iran plans to quietly pursue its nuclear enrichment program in defiance of last year's landmark nuclear agreement.

Iran and the six major powers reached a landmark nuclear deal in 2015 aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for lifting nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Tehran over its disputed nuclear work. Enrichment of uranium at the Fordow facility, around 100 km (60 miles) south of Tehran, has stopped since the implementation of the nuclear deal in January.

Russia, under pressure from the West, in 2010 canceled a contract to deliver S-300s to Iran. But Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted that self-imposed ban in April 2015, after an interim deal was reached between Iran and the six powers.

In August, Iran said that Russia had delivered main parts of the system to the country, adding that the missile system would be completely delivered by the end of 2016.

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Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) Aug 29, 2016 6:20 AM

How do you say "Molon Labe" in Farsi?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Low flying cruise missiles.....really low flying.

Here2Go's picture

So, I guess that means that the Chinese Embassy will be safe when Hillary decides to bomb a hospital.

Latina Lover's picture

Now it's your move, Hitlery.

Occident Mortal's picture

This changes the calculus somewhat.

There goes the pre-emotive air strike option. The West can't be feeling quite so powerful this morning.

What's next? Russian nukes stationed on the shores of Hormuz?

Nothing to see here people, move along. This isn't WWIII escalating.

de3de8's picture

Only the Iranians think that as the US can penetrate in multiple ways with those S300's still in launchers.

Sandmann's picture

The US can do anything.........except run down its deficits

conscious being's picture

"...the US can penetrate in multiple ways"

That's what Jimmy Carter thought when he launched his hostage rescue mission into Iran. Go see how that turned out.

earleflorida's picture

FWIW Dept:   'Vlad had already activated the S-500 six months ago'!

Whoa is me...[?]

0b1knob's picture

Such missles are useless without radar guidance.   I hope that no HARM comes to the radar crews.

But who needs missles when you know the magic word is MAGNUM?

zeroboris's picture

What's next? Russian nukes stationed on the shores of Hormuz?

Why? Russian nukes can effectively hit their targets from where they are right now.

Déjà view's picture

F.U. Nuland, NATO & 'Bibi'!!!


From Russia With Love


Kagemusho's picture

Clinton Foundation reps to Chinese Embassy: "Dat's a real nice embuhsee, ya got dere. Be a shame if sumpin' happinz to it.  Mebbe you'da like to make a donation?"

Kagemusho's picture the one that hit the Pentagon on 9/11. "A jetliner struck it!", my ass.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Irony is that this phrase is the answer from Kind Leonidas to Persians.

Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) BorisTheBlade Aug 29, 2016 6:26 AM

good catch

McCormick No. 9's picture

What comes around, goes around. Eventually.

therealestg9's picture

History has a funny way of repeating itself. Today, the Persians are the ones fighting a much larger empire that wants to destroy and disarm them.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"How do you say "Molon Labe" in Farsi?"

I think it sounds like "Fut u, imperialist in fee dell!"

Swamp Yankee's picture

And.... the 'simple' airstrike solution is now off the table for good.  Nice work B-ho.   -SY

Déjà view's picture

What will those $550m per unit bombers be used against...spread of Zika?

Winston Churchill's picture

How dare they try to defend themselves.

Must be crazy.

crakerman's picture

We are going nuclear boys!

bthunder's picture

Assad had S-300 "guarding" his nuclear installation in Syria.
A few years ago several Israeli F-15s came through undetected, bombed the whole place into the stone age, and left. Also undetected. We're not talking some advanced stealth here - F-15 has been designed in the 1970s.
This demonstrates how awesome russian technology really is.

Sandmann's picture

I bet radiation from Russian warheads can't kill Americans either !

DuneCreature's picture

They had stand-off AWACs type plane(s) blinding Syrian radar. .. Probably USAF AWACs. .. That also tipped the Ruskies on to what was possible.

Live Hard, Don't Ever Forget Tactics Evolve, Die Free

~ DC v2.0


Sandmann's picture

Crap. Operation Orchard was 2007. There is no real evidence Syria had any nuclear facility. S-300 missiles did not arrive in Syria until 2013.

Déjà view's picture beat me to the punch...but I gave his rumor the first down vote...fact checked giving benefit of doubt.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Cool story. S-300 wasn't delivered to Syria in 2013 either:

K.Kleym?nov: Around this much talk: still put these complexes to Syria Russia or not?

Vladimir Putin: S-300 - this is not a modern complex. They are, however, think on the parameters slightly better than the "Patriot", but we already have and the C-400 and C-500 on the way. We have a contract for the supply of S-300, we put the individual components but the whole delivery is not complete, we do it suspended.  But if we see that taken any steps related to the violation of existing international norms, then we think, how we act in the future, including the supply of sensitive weapons in certain regions of the world.

Winston Churchill's picture

Thats not your grandaddys s300.

Its a generic class of weapons with an effective range of 300km.

So apart from its range,nothing else is the same.

Blankone's picture

No they are probably detuned S300's that are less effective than the old "grandaddy" S300's.

Putin did not deliver the better S2500 or the S400 but sold the Iranians old S300's that were being taken out of commission.  Some say they were updated somewhat others say they were actually detuned.  Obviously, if Putin could just give the old S300's a tune up and make them as capable as the S2500 or S400 he would have done so and kept them instead of spending money on the more modern systems.

To this day Syria has not received the S300 promised and contracted for back in 2007.  Great friend that Putin.

LoveTruth's picture

Your statement from A to Z is nonsense.

zeroboris's picture

Why was Israel so nervous about delivering that useless hardware to Iran then? It was so concerned that used every effort to break the deal and managed to convince Putin to suspend delivery several years ago, which created some tension between Russian and Iran.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

bthunder: "Assad had S-300 "guarding" his nuclear installation in Syria. A few years ago several Israeli F-15s came through undetected, bombed the whole place into the stone age, and left. Also undetected. We're not talking some advanced stealth here - F-15 has been designed in the 1970s."

Source please.

Setarcos's picture

No he did not. Syria has only recently acquired the systems - actually S-400s I think - since Russia intervened last September.


pc_babe's picture

Did Barry pay for these too? Part of his and Valerie's grand negotiation?! Naww... they are much too smart for that.

LIBTARDS ... ya gotta luv 'e,

salman's picture

How effective are these 300's or any other state of the art defense shields against a Kamikaze on a jet in a vehicle or on foot. Yet to see...

NoWayJose's picture

They are quite effective against anything in the air. A Kamikaze pilot wouldn't get close enough - and besides, the target is not a flammable WWII ship - but rather hardened buildings. Only real hopes are multiple cruise missiles to overwhelm and target the S-300s - followed by more missiles or aircraft to target the buildings. I could even see a stealth ground or helicopter assault first to take out as many S-300s as possible.

This move is not to 'stop' a determined attack, but rather to make it more 'expensive'.

researchfix's picture

No S300 without according lower range missiles (BUK) and cannons for the last 3 miles. Look up Panzyr, for example.

whatamaroon's picture

President Val Jar is smiling with her country now and all it has accomplished by taking on the great 'satan'.

autofixer's picture

I guess we know exactly where their high value targets are located now? 

conscious being's picture

How do you say congradulations in Farsi?

I hope they work as advertized.

I hope Israel is not insane enough to push it to the point where we find out.

NoWayJose's picture

Now we know why Obama is importing so many Muslims. If we fill our country with Muslims, then Iran won't be able to nuke us without taking out a bunch of their own!

BlackSwanOil's picture

The everlasting covenant is the promise made to Israel by God with Abraham in Genesis.  The earth will be destroyed because in the future the governments of the world will get together to destroy Israel and remove them from God's Holy City, Jerusalem and the surrounding land.  This is the purpose of all weapons.  They will destroyed by the brightness of his coming.


Isaiah 24:5-6 (KJV) The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

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the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Aug 29, 2016 10:40 AM

Trump's bestest buddy Nuttyyahho says Iran is only months away from getting the bomb. He has been saying this for the last 20 years. Maybe Iran is finally nearing the finish line?