Iran And Russia Boost Military Cooperation, Threatening Stability

Friday, February 20, 2009 | Tag Cloud

By George Whitten, Jerusalem Bureau Chief

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (Worthy News) –- Russia and Iran are discussing major weapons deals, shortly after Tehran announced the development of an unmanned aircraft capable of striking Israel and Iranian made munitions were discovered in Iraq, Worthy News learned Friday, February 20.

Iranian Defense Minister Mustafa Najar held talks with his Russian counterpart, Anatoly Serdyukov in Moscow this week, at a time when Iran seeks to expand its military might in the Middle East.

Russia is offering to modernize Iran’s military by selling new aircraft, including the upgraded MiG-29SMT, as well as the S-300 air defense system and naval platforms, Worthy News established.

At the center of Najar’s visit was the "implementation of a contract for the supply of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, prospects for signing new contracts and post-sale maintenance for the already supplied 29 Tor-M1 anti-aircraft systems," Russia's Interfax News Agency said.

The advanced version of the S-300 missile system has a range of over 100 miles (150 km) and can reportedly intercept ballistic missiles as well as aircraft at low and high altitudes.

With the global economic meltdown hitting Russia hard, officials in Moscow see Iran as a major market with Russian defense exports reaching $8.5 billion over the next year, according to estimates.

It came after Iranian General Ahmad Vahidi announced the development of an unmanned aircraft with a flying range of 600 miles (1,000 km) capable of reaching Israel.

The aircraft is believed to have radar-evading devices that would be able to attack an enemy target and avoid detection. Iran did not mention what kind of weaponry the droned aircraft could be capable of carrying.

Iranian Brigadier General Ali Fadavi said earlier that Iran was planning to mass-produce new unmanned military systems.

There has been concern in Israel and the United States that Iran's plans could further destabilize the region. Tehran has been accused of sponsoring terrorism, especially against Israel and U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

American and Iraqi forces have already discovered Iranian weapons in Iraq that were manufactured in Iran as recently as last year,  U.S. Army Col. Philip Battaglia told reporters in Baghdad this week.

"We have found many Iranian-made munitions with a manufacture date as late as 2008, " Battaglia said. The weapons seized included hundreds of 107 mm and 122 mm rockets, as well roughly 500 deadly bombs, the U.S. military said.

Iran has denied it seeks war, but remarks from one of its main military leaders didn't sound reassuring. "Our strength should not be underestimated. It is not restricted to [our] geographical borders," said Iranian General Mohammad Reza Naghdi in translated remarks on Al-Manar TV provided by Middle East Media Research Institute.

He stressed Iran could eventually target Israel, if provoked. "If the Zionist entity decides to carry out such a stupid act, our responses will be crushing and decisive. Our power is not limited to the missiles and the air force. Our response will be the liberation of Jerusalem."

Naghdi said Iran "will choose on what land to fight." He added that, Iran's missile and air force capabilities "do not fall short of those" of its "enemy".

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6 thoughts on “Iran And Russia Boost Military Cooperation, Threatening Stability”

  1. Praying!

    "That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up." Micah 7:3

    Come Quickly LORD

    "The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf."
    "They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee." Micah 7:16-17


      • Dear Wilfried

        The LORD Of Israel Never Ceases To Watch Over Her

        "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep." Psalms 121:4

        And I'm Humbled And Honored To Pray For The Peace

        "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." Psalms 122:6

        The Return Of The Redeemer

        "Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain." Zechariah 8:3

        And The Trouble With All Nations Is Sin Against God

        "I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land." Joel 3:2

        And The LORD Wins

        "Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." Zechariah 14:3

        And Peace Reins

        "And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles." Zechariah 14:16

        Crazy To Fight Against God

        "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand."
        "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:35-36

        You Think......

        Love, Joe

  2. WE live in scary times . No matter what we see happening our faith needs to be in our God that his plans will go forth even if we don't understand it.

  3. Instability for who?? Has Iran attacked/invaded/occupied other foreign countries? So if someone is building up potential defense against more invasions, somehow they are considered a 'terrorist'?!!?? Who is doing the 'terrorizing' at the moment? Certainly not Iran...wake up to reality and be fair...and yes, I love Jesus too. Who would Jesus bomb?

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