Iran Receives First Delivery of Advanced Missile Defense System From Russia

A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system on display in an undated file photo. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system on display in an undated file photo. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

Iran received the first delivery of a previously-forbidden advanced missile defense system from Russia this week, in the wake of global approval of the country’s nuclear deal, an Iranian government spokesman revealed Monday.

“I announce today that the first phase of this [delayed] contract has been implemented,” Iran foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said during a news conference broadcast on state television.

First utilized during the Cold War in 1979, the S-300 system is able to engage multiple aircraft and missiles from 90 miles away, according to the British security think tank RUSI.

Israel expressed concern over the delivery, Reuters adds. Iran has repeatedly threatened to destroy the U.S. ally.

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SOURCE: Fox News