Iran’s Center for Innovation, Almaz-Antey to Boost Cooperation

FNA29.06.2015 Asia
Iran’s Center for Innovation, Almaz-Antey to Boost Cooperation

Iran’s Center for Innovation, Almaz-Antey to Boost Cooperation

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Iran's Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation and Russia’s largest defense manufacturer Almaz-Antey signed an agreement to boost industrial and manufacturing cooperation, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.

The Iranian company and Russia's Almaz-Antey, the manufacturer of the S-300 air defense missile systems, agreed on export of Russia's non-military products to the Iranian market.

“In the first stage, we plan to exchange information and to organize joint meetings of Russian and Iranian industrial companies with their potential customers,” Almaz-Antey's Deputy Director General, Alexander Vedrov, said on Friday.

He added that Iran has shown interest in integrating innovative Russian technologies in industrial production and airport management.

Almaz-Antey, established in 2002, delivers products to foreign customers through Russia’s state-run arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, as well as operates as an independent entity engaged in military and technical cooperation.

The corporation is the manufacturer of the S-300 air defense system. In 2007, Russia and Iran signed a deal for the delivery of five S-300s, but the agreement was halted by Moscow after the UN Security Council issued an arms embargo on Tehran. In April, Moscow lifted the ban on defense system deliveries to Iran.

Earlier this month, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli underlined that Russia is fulfilling its commitments concerning the delivery of the sophisticated S-300 missile defense system to Iran.

"The Iranian Defense Ministry is following up the contract on the delivery of the (missile) systems and Russia is also fulfilling its undertaking," Brigadier General Esmayeeli told reporters in Tehran on Friday.

He did not mention the exact date of the delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran by Russia.

In mid-April, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced that Tehran and Moscow have worked out an agreement on the delivery of the Russian-made S-300 air defense systems to Iran and are now having final discussions over the date of the delivery.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 13 removed the ban on the delivery of the missile shield to Iran.

On April 15, General Dehqan announced that Iran would receive the S-300 air defense systems from Russia by end of 2015.

Source: FNA

 

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