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Belarus Denies Sale of S-300 SAMs to Iran

Last week, we told you an Iranian news agency claimed that Tehran had obtained four S-300 surface-to-air missiles from Belarus and at least one other supplier. Now, the Belarusian government is telling the world it did no such thing. Further, the Belarusian state run military-industrial consortium says it has never even talked to Iran about a potential sale.

The rumored sale was supposedly for two “surplus” trailer-mounted S-300 systems that had been deployed near Minsk and Belarus, with a price tag, which included spares, maintenance and training, of $140 million.

Still hanging out there is the open contract between Russia and Iran, inked in 2005, for the sale of at least five S-300 systems, which have yet to be delivered.

– Greg Grant

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Ed! August 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

Even if they got S-300s from Belarus, they would only be the SA-10 version, not the SA-20 version. That's like claiming you got PAC-3s when you got PAC-1s.

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jack August 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Who cares if Iran gets modern SAMs. Oh yea Israel does. And the world must obey Israel. Not sure why though….

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Jan August 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

sometimes I wonder if people like you are really so dumb and ignorant or if this is only some kind of cheap provocation. FYI, among Israel, who cares from obvious reasons, is whole of Europe and believe it or not, most Arab countries as well. If you wanna know why, search through this website. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of convincing arguments. But hey, if you’re just an ordinary Jew/Israel hater, don’t bother.

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Enthusiast August 12, 2010 at 2:35 am

S-300, especially Belorussian one, isn't modern SAM

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Drake1 August 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I had a feeling it was BS. Why anyone takes the photo-shopping, drum faking, model erecting Iranian's seriously on these issue is beyond me.

Moreover, the Russians will likely never sell those missile systems to Iran. They hold it over our heads as leverage to use with gullible Presidents to get their way.

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Jacob August 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

TBH the only concession we made to them was to not deploy the missile shield over Eastern Europe….and that was a diplomatically stupid move to begin with.

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Drake1 August 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

That was a big one for them. Notice how after they got that concession we have heard very little about the S-300 sale from them. That's at least until they can't get their way on something else.

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Will August 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm

This could be a new game. Take a news story on a randomly chosen subject & turn it into 'Bama bashing in the fewest steps.

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William C. August 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm

All of Russia's investment in the S-400 and other upgraded SAMs have me thinking that maybe Russia's last generation of SAMs wasn't as great as they would like us to believe.

Consider the S-400 is replacing the S-300, the Pantsir is the successor of the Tunguska, the Buk (SA-11, SA-17) is being upgraded, as well as the Tor (SA-15).

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Enthusiast August 12, 2010 at 2:41 am

Your logic is strange. All weapons needs upgrade, even weapon with incredible capabilities.
USAF have plans to upgrade its F-22 fleet, isn't?
S-300/Tunguska/Buk/Tor - all of these systems were designed in 1970s-1980s. They are upgraded with new missiles and new electronics for obvious reasons.

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