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Iran installs Russian air defence system at nuclear facility

Iran installs a powerful air defence system received from Russia, namely the S-300, also termed as the “game-changer” by world powers, at it’s Nuclear Facility in Fordow, as cited by Reuters.

The Fordow Nuclear Facility located 100 km south of the Iranian Capital Tehran, has not enriched uranium since January when the deal between Iran and P5+1 took effect in January. The Fordow Nuclear site is built 90 meters below a mountain.

Speaking to state television, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) air defence commander Brigadier General Farzad Email said, “Our main priority is to protect Iran’s nuclear facilities under any circumstances.”, adding, “Today, Iran’s sky is one of the most secure in the Middle East.”

The S-300 air defence system is one of the world’s most powerful air defence systems. Iran had purchased this system from Russia in 2007 following which the Russians denied delivery of the same citing prohibition to carry out the weapon’s delivery due to UNSC sanctions against Tehran due to its Nuclear programme. However, Iran pushed the Russians for delivering the agreed quantity, often threatening to take the matter to the International Courts. In the meanwhile, the Iranians claimed to have developed and tested the Bavar-373 in mid-2014, which they said is believed to be superior to the Russian S-300.

The Iranian Nuclear programme has been one of the center-stage of the West-Asian balance of Power together with American interests in the region with respect to its allies and friends.

However, following a breakthrough in the Nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1, Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed their earlier decision and executed the S-300 weapon’s delivery to Tehran.

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