Russia Will Send First S-300 Missile System to Iran on Thursday

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehghan (L) shake hands during their meeting in Moscow,  Tuesday. (Reuters/Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry)

Russia will send the first S-300 air defense missile system to Iran on Thursday, Russia’s RIA state news agency reported on Wednesday, quoting an unidentified source.

The missile system will be delivered under the terms of an earlier contract.

RIA also reported that Russia will sign a contract with Iran to supply a batch of its Sukhoi Su-30SM multi-role fighter jets to the Islamic Republic this year, quoting a senior official at Russia’s arms export agency.

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan is visiting Moscow this week. He met the Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the Kremlin said, giving no further details.