Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said on Saturday that Iran plans to purchase advanced fighter jets from Russia and acquire the technical know-how to operate them. He noted that Iran’s defense industries are capable of designing and producing updated, advanced and varied military equipment, and that his ministry would do all it could to transfer these new technologies to civilian industries.
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He said that Iran had never tried to obtain nuclear weapons, but stressed that it would not accept any restrictions on its missile capabilities.
Dehghan also confirmed that Iran will take delivery of an S-300 surface-to-air air missile system from Russia by the end of the year, despite Israeli and American attempts to pressure Moscow to scuttle the deal.
Last week Dehghan said an agreement would be signed this week on the delivery of four S-300 systems in all, which will dramatically improve Iran’s air defense capabilities.