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Iran to test-fire domestically manufactured S-300 missile

11/10/10 Surce: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Russia's S-300 missile defense system

Iran will soon test fire domestically manufactured long-range antiaircraft missiles including the S-300 system, Brigadier General Mohammad Hassan Mansourian said on Wednesday.

"In order to meet some of the country's security needs, (Iran) had plans to purchase S-300 from Russia, but due to the U.S. and the Zionist regimes' pressure this country (Russia) used the 1929 resolution as an excuse not to deliver the defensive weapon to our country," Mansourian of Khatamol Anbia antiaircraft outpost told IRNA news agency.

Russia signed a deal to deliver five batteries of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems to Iran in 2007 but cancelled the sale in September 2010, claiming the systems, along with a number of other weapons, were covered by the fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.

The S-300 system, which can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 kilometers (75 miles) away, features high jamming immunity and is able to simultaneously engage up to 100 targets.

Mansourian said the Iranian version of S-300 missile system is under examination and the other long-range missiles are in the process of designing and manufacturing.

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