Iran Test-Fires Russian-Made S-300 Anti-Aircraft Missile System

Tyler Durden's picture

Iran has successfully test-fired a sophisticated, Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday. The drill took place during a recent military exercise named Damvand, and was attended by senior military commanders and officials according to Tasnim.

IRNA said the test targeted various flying objects including missiles. With a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) the S-300 is capable of simultaneously tracking and striking multiple targets, according to  AP. Iran state TV aired footage of the missiles launching from the back of trucks. It said the test was carried out in Iran's central desert.

As we reported at the time, Russia delivered the S-300 system to Iran in August 2016, nearly 10 years after the initial contract had been signed, at which point Iran demonstrated the deployment at its Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran signed the $800 million contract to buy the S-300 missile system in 2007, but Russia had suspended delivery three years later because of strong objections from the United States and Israel.

The restriction was lifted in 2016 after Obama's landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers went into practice under which Iran limited its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions. The deal allowed Russia and Iran to renegotiate the terms of the almost decade-old contract, resolving a dispute over its suspension. Despite protests from neighboring nations, especially Israel and Saudi Arabia, Iran has insisted that its acquisition of advanced weapons systems like the S-300 is necessary to protect itself from potential military aggression.

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cossack55's picture

Suggestion:  Upgrade to the S-400 ASAP

flaminratzazz's picture

why stop there? the S-500 is in production and kicks some real serious butt.

It is designed for intercepting and destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as hypersonic cruise missiles and aircraft

iran is saying to the neocons "come get some"

Looney's picture


The S-400 and the S-300 are completely different systems with different capabilities.

The Russians DID offer the S-400s to the Iranians, but Iran insisted on the S-300s.

My guess is that the S-400 will be ordered separately.

BTW… In Syria, the Russians deployed both systems, protecting them from DIFFERENT threats.


flaminratzazz's picture

Have to hand to the Ruskies, their missile tech is some serious shit.. their sunburn missiles makes our navy obsolete.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) flaminratzazz Mar 4, 2017 2:19 PM

Their missile tech makes obsolete most of American hardware in conventional warfare.

If we were to war with Russia (or China) Our navy and air force would be disabled in the first 48 hours.

Without a navy and air force, troops cannot be moved.

We could do the same to them, but we would have to use more missiles than they would. And with the effectiveness of the Russian anti-missile tech, we might not be able to fully complete those objectives.

The point being that the US MIC is more about corruption than military capability.

Then we have to consider whether the MAD doctrine is still a reality, if their ICBMs are twice as fast. That might give them the ability to first strike even if they were attacked first, with an uncertain number of US ICBMs being intercepted as well. Which is why Trump is considering increasing our arsenal. It is a band-aid to quickly return to a MAD equilibrium based on brute force, rather than parity in tech.

QuantumEasing's picture

Trump needs to demand a random warhead be pulled from inventory and tested, with public and third party observers.

Only way to be sure them there "newks" actually go "pop" when you pop 'em.

eforce's picture

Incorrect, they were offered the S-300V and turned it down for the S-300PMU-2 instead.

Iran's domestic progress means they won't need the S-400 as they've already said.

BigJim's picture

I'm pretty sure they don't have enough of these things to bring down more than a few handfuls of aircraft if ZATO decided to attack.

Beans's picture

Pretty sure are you...

sinbad2's picture

They have a lot of other SAM systems, the Bavar is an Iranian design, that uses components from the Chinese version of the S300.

They have the Herz-9 the Raad, which is very similar to a Buk and Ya Zahra which is based on the French Crotale.

They also have Mersad, which is a reverse engineered Hawk, a bit old, but probably still effective against F15's etc.

Beans's picture

Agree in large part.

The Ruskies have been building +- 5000 nuclear shelters for the Moscow area alone and likely more around the rest of the country as well. They have quietly and effectively gone about reorganising the command and operational structure of their air defense forces as well as increasing the total size of their deployed missile brigades/divisions. They have been unequivocally clear that any potential conflict would not be fought on their territory alone and have ably demonstrated their missile power projection abilities in the Syrian theatre, fired from bases/warshios stationed in Russian territory at that!? :o

You say their ICBM's are twice as fast, and I will add to that the fact that they also carry higher numbers of independent reentry warheads and have explosive yields which are orders of magnitude greater than anything the US has????? 

Yeah, I think it's safe to say that not only have the Ruskies been preparing to contend with any potential NATO (I really mean American) conventional threat, they are fully capable of meating (pun intended) such a threat in its full.

The only reasonable conclusion is that this thing would simply have to go nuclear if the Zionist World Order and their puppet American army were to stand any chance of getting something (anything) out of the encounter. Sort of like two cage fighters incapable of outright victory but who also hate each others guts so will go all out to hurt the other guy as much as possible and then walk away saying 'he sure did hit me but I gave the bastard back just as good as I got'???

Interesting times...

sinbad2's picture

The real advantage the Russians have, is they only have to plan for defense, the US military is designed around offense, so it is a lot more costly.

Nexus789's picture

The russian hypersonic Zircon missile is more impessive with a claimed Mach 6 capability.

sinbad2's picture

Yes, the S400 is primarily designed to take out ballistic missiles at great range.

A US attack on Iran would come from close range, so the S300, which can shoot down 6 planes or missiles simultaneously is more appropriate for their defense.

Walken's picture

S-500 is still undergoing trials. And when it's actually put in production, Russian Air Defense forces will be first in line for a while.

flaminratzazz's picture

Hmm I am of the mind that if they say they are testing, they already have way better than what they "test"..

you never show your hand in poker unless called. The Ruskies love chess.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Walken Mar 4, 2017 2:23 PM

That is all classified info that our intel services likely do not have answers to, but reasonable surmises can be made.

The best intel on Russian missile tech was gained when they used cruise missiles in Syria. Those were so fast, accurate, and precises, that a lot of the noise we here about how terrifying Russia is are based on those demonstrations.

And we know they were not using current gen for those ops.

HowdyDoody's picture

S-500s are Russian use only. That way the Anglo-Zionists won't be able to get their hands on a system to reverse engineer it and discover its weaknesses.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Now we are beginning to see the FRUIT of the OBAMA IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL.

We have an AGGRESSIVE NATION with RESOURCES to wreck havoc on the WEST and the WORLD in general.

How could the US let this happen?

The PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS and the WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT wanted WAR and it looks like we are moving in that direction.


TungstenBars's picture

Iran is only a problem in the eyes of neocons and zionists. They are one of the peaceful nations in the ME.


Obama did not sign the iran deal to help iran...the deal is designed to fail to help give a green light to neocons and zionists for a war.

BullyBearish's picture

zionism = apartheid and genocide

apartheid and genocide are EVIL

conscience dictates that since zionism is EVIL, right thinkers are anti-zionism...

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) BullyBearish Mar 4, 2017 2:26 PM

More generally, Jews are cultural parasites on European civilization.

If the Jews are successful in genociding whites, they would be next on the chopping block in a very short time, because no other race would tolerate them for even a minute.

sinbad2's picture

Not all Jews are Zionists, but all Zionists are Jews.

Zionism was created by Herzl, who was an admirer of Hitler. He tried to join the Nazis, but they rejected him, so he created a Jewish form of nationalist  fascism.

Today, because of the bad image of Nazis, nationalist fascists who are not Jewish are called neocons.

AmadausVoltaire's picture

Please don't over capitalize your statements, especially FRUIT.

I keep hearing, "Persia has started no wars, they're peaceful."  Not so. In the modern world , over time, they would lean democratic, grow, seek empire, etc...

Under outside pressure , however , they will go authoritarian.

QuantumEasing's picture

Aside from the bottleneck in the Straits of Hormuz, Persia has almost no ability to project power outside of their immediate territorial space.

Aggressive, eh? How many nations invaded in the past ten years?

I'll wait while you look that up.

Volkodav's picture

Iran has not started any war...attacked any neighbor in over 200 years,

but has had plenty of dirty done to them

so where is aggression in real?

your post is top ridiculous

sinbad2's picture

Yes, defensive weapons are extremely threatening, to aggressors.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Below is a clip from the above article... this IRANIAN FRUIT is bad news for everyone.

=== Article Clip ===

"Iran signed the $800 million contract to buy the S-300 missile system in 2007, but Russia had suspended delivery three years later because of strong objections from the United States and Israel.

The restriction was lifted in 2016 after Obama's landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers went into practice under which Iran limited its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions. The deal allowed Russia and Iran to renegotiate the terms of the almost decade-old contract, resolving a dispute over its suspension. Despite protests from neighboring nations, especially Israel and Saudi Arabia, Iran has insisted that its acquisition of advanced weapons systems like the S-300 is necessary to protect itself from potential military aggression (NOT!!!!!)."


What is interesting about the above text (which nobody obviously read) by deploying these defensive weapon systems (to protect their NUCLEAR ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES from ATTACK) has escalated the "arms race in the middle east.

This situation is not going to end well for everyone, especially IRAN who has proved itself to be a state sponsor of terrorism. Below is notification from the State Department Web Site. But don't believe me O'foolish Galatians who hath bewitched you, go read it for yourself at the following URL:

=== Text from Web Site ===

State Sponsors of Terrorism

Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors. Currently there are three countries designated under these authorities: Iran, Sudan, and Syria.

Country Designation Date

Iran          January 19, 1984

Sudan       August 12, 1993

Syria        December 29, 1979

Beans's picture

How's the weather in Haifa?

GUS100CORRINA's picture

The "FIVE EYES OF ISRAEL" say it is fine although a little concerned about all of the radiation coming from the east.


NSA Maintains Secret “Five Eyes” Satellite Facility in Israel

The 49" interview (in Hebrew) is here:


Secret NSA Satellite Facility Located at IDF Base in Occupied East Jerusalem 

February 10, 2014


New York Jewish Federation Executive, Veteran of IDF Cyber-War Unit 8200 

April 3, 2014


Haaretz Promo for IDF Cyber-War Unit 8200 

April 21, 2014



lakecity55's picture

I doubt the Iranians will do anything other than defend themselves after all the Western subversion in their country.

They do not seem interested in empire building or anything else, they want to be left alone.


QuantumEasing's picture

Indeed. The S-300 (Even the PMU variant) is a bit long in the tooth at this point. Not too difficult to roll back if your point guards know their business. Saturation attack in an ECM-heavy environment.

S-500 looks to be seriously impressive.

Omega_Man's picture more of these,,,hide them and turn them off.....also buy inflatable models for usa to see.lots of them..

give some inflatables to hamas and Hezbollah 

send u my bill later



Crassius's picture

Iran = the recipient of the greatest Obama/Vallerie Jarrett largesse.

They are behind this silent cue.

They will be soon be armed with nukes, and the ICBMs to carry them thanks to Vallerie Jarrett and her minion, Barak Hussien Obama.

flaminratzazz's picture

they must shoot stealth pool? if you were Iran wouldn't you want to get your hands on as many defensive weapons as possible seeing how the west and Israel has been demonizing them since..well.. for fvkin ever especially after they kicked out our Shah?

Israel and the West have a serious shitkicking coming and it is well deserved.

ShakenNotStirred's picture

For whom? Iran?

The S-300 is already an obsolete flying spaghetti.


QuantumEasing's picture

They are already "armed with nukes."

Kind of hard to weaponize power plants.

Unless you meant they are putting microwave ovens on their missiles...

Or you mistyped, and meant "newts." Those little guys will eat you out of house and home...

And I See BM too. Alot of it. Mostly in your post.

Able Ape's picture

S500 - Zionist Zappers... That baby is the REAL deal...

BritBob's picture

Ye ole Ayatollah also supports Argentina's claim to the Falklands so I guess he believes in fairy tales : How can Argentina claim the Falklands when she has never legally owned them?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:



Flash007's picture

I used to think that you were a colossal pain in the neck. Now I have a much lower opinion of you.

Likstane's picture

I'm not sure where I stand on this issue, but I'm pretty sure not every ZH article is somehow connected to the liberation of the Falklands.

Blackhawks win cup, therefore Falklands should be freed.
Kim's ass is huge, therefore free the Falklands.
A vote for medical marijuana is a vote to liberate Falklands.
Leo Decaprio is a phag, therefore support Falklands freedom.

After awhile, the Falklands issue becomes bigger than Fukushima, global cooling and rehypothecation of Ft.Knox gold bars.

It does seem your tenacity in promoting this is unmatched.

ShakenNotStirred's picture

A psychiatrist may be able to help you.

MaxThrust's picture

I would very much like to read what a psycologist would make of you BritBod. I mean to be banging the same drum day after day on a site where no one gives a shit about what you say. It requires a obstinate kind of cretin to persevere in such an endeavour.

sinbad2's picture

Mad dogs and Englishmen.

Hannibal's picture

A first strike sneak-surprise attack is still the best defense but then what,