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TEHRAN, ($1=42,195.00 Iranian Rials) – According to Sardar Bagheri, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Iran intends to purchase helicopters and fighter jets from Russia, which could significantly change the balance of the air force in the region in favor of Tehran, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Iranian news agency Tasnim.
Major General Mohammad Bagheri is on an official visit to Moscow, and Tasnim reports that on October 18, together with his Russian counterpart, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, they discussed directly the purchase of Russian weapons systems – helicopters, fighters, training planes, etc.

Iran and Russia have a history of arms markets, with Tehran spending $ 10 billion on MiG-29, Sukhoi-24, and Kilo-class submarines in the early 1970s. Iran later bought radar systems, defense systems, and military transport trucks. In 2015, information emerged, from Sorena Satari, scientific vice president, that Iran has an interest in buying Su-30 fighters from Russia.

A year later, then-Defense Minister Sardar Dehgan said that during a visit to Moscow, the purchase of a Sukhoi 30SM fighter and a T-90 tank would be discussed.

In the same year, Ali Akbar Velaati, an international adviser to the supreme leader of the revolution, said in a report on his visit to Moscow that Russia was ready to sell us the Sukhoi 30 fighter jet.

The Sukhoi 30 multi-role fighter is a heavily upgraded version of the Russian Sukhoi 27 aircraft. About 12 models of the Sukhoi 30 have been built and are serving in the armies of 10 other countries, in addition to the Russian Air Force. Currently, based on the available information, MK, M2, and SM models of this fighter are being produced in Russia. Of course, the MKI model of this fighter is specifically designed for the Indian Air Force.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported that on October 18, the Iranian and Russian military discussed the possibility of Tehran acquiring Russia’s target Su-35 fighter jet. Later, Amir Rouhani, chief executive of the Iranian helicopter maintenance and refurbishment company, also told the Tasnim news agency that Iran should become a regional center for repairing eastern helicopters. This information comes against the background of claims by some Iranian media that Tehran wants to buy Mill 28 helicopters, as well as Yak series training aircraft.

Military experts believe that the purchase of air combat equipment, even in an environment where most Arab countries in the Persian Gulf equip their fleets, could to some extent shift the balance of the air force in favor of Iran.

Iran’s arms sanctions were lifted on October 18, 2020, following UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which allows Iran access to modern military equipment.

Russian media speculate that Iran may focus on buying Su-57 fighters, and even Su-75s. Some Russian sources also say that Tehran has the appetite to acquire the Paintsir-C1 mobile air defense system, the S-400 air defense system, and Russia’s latest T14-Armata battle tank. However, there is no official information from the Iranian media about the above-mentioned weapon systems.

With these interpretations, we have to wait for future orders and see if Iran intends to buy other equipment from Russia in addition to fighter jets and helicopters.

Washington has tried to prevent such a development
As early as 2020, during the Donald Trump administration, Washington was ready to take all measures to prevent Tehran from acquiring Russian or Chinese armored vehicles after the end of the arms embargo.

Similar intentions were announced by then-US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in an interview with journalist Lars Larson. Speaking to the Iranian authorities, Pompeo noted that the administration of US President Donald Trump “we will do everything possible to make sure that they cannot buy tanks and armored vehicles from Russia or China.”

The United States had hoped that the UN Security Council would be able to persuade China and Russia not to change the situation regarding Iran, but this did not happen. Then the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter page that the United States is seeking to extend the arms embargo on Iran while they export weapons around the world.

According to Zarif, “The United States has long been a world leader in military spending, arms sales, and a major instigator of military conflict.”

Iran during the arms embargo
We cannot ignore the fact that the imposed military embargo on Iran has left its positive imprint on the military industry in the country. Iran was forced to develop its military industry to new levels, and many military experts believe they have achieved relatively excellent results.

Tehran produces various cruise missiles for its needs. In the field of aviation and modern technology, Tehran produces at least two types of drones, the most notable of which is the strategic and attacking drone Fotros.

In 2019 the Islamic country introduced to the world its latest anti-aircraft missile system Khordad 15. Its performance is not as impressive as in Western countries or the Russian S-400, but according to unofficial information, one system detects five targets, and the system itself is deployed in combat standby for no more than five minutes.

Not to be overlooked is the fact that Iran has recently sold its anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria. To some extent, Iran has also developed its military genius about armored vehicles. At this stage does not produce such, but produces better armor for Russian tanks T-72 and T-90. The fact is that it sells such refurbished Russian tanks in Africa.

 

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Good first step but only 24 jets? It would have been better for Iran to purchase the J10 and possibly settup in house production lines.
 

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Pay attention as there's some misinformation in the article.

For one, the Mig-29, Su-24 and Kilo submarines were acquired in the early 1990's not 1970's. Furthermore I somehow doubt 3 submarines and some 50-60 jets cost 10 billion USD!

Second it's highly unlikely that Iran will be interested in the S-400 and the Pantsir, having its own new generation long- and short range AD systems in production.

Third, October 18 reports in the Iranian media did not cite general Bagheri as saying that Iran intends to negotiate new contracts with Moscow, but that such contracts have already been signed since the lifting of the UN arms embargo ie during the past 12 months.

Fourth, there's no official detailed statement as to which items Iran has ordered from Russia, neither on exact types nor on numbers, only speculation and unsourced claims. General Bagheri simply made generic mention of fighters, trainers and helicopters.
 
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I'll believe this one the jets land -- the Russians renegaded many times via-via Iran on military deals due to pressure.
 

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Iran’s best option is Chinese fighter. China will be more than happy to give long term loan on a major purchase or defense joint-venture. But in return, China will ask Iran’s support for BRI and protection of CPEC which means not allowing RAW and their proxies to operate from Iran. Is Iran willing to do that? Or will Iran continue to play doubles games?
 

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Good first step but only 24 jets? It would have been better for Iran to purchase the J10 and possibly settup in house production lines.
Iran already has inhouse production of fighter jets, but surprising they considering SU35s. Iran should jump straight to SU57s
 

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I suggest Iran consider cooperating with Pakistan to upgrade and manufacture JF17, purchase and introduce JF17 production line.
On the one hand, JF17 can replace about 250 F1, F4, F5, F6 and F7 fighters.
On the one hand, strengthen diplomatic relations with Pakistan through cooperation. A stable and reliable fighter production line can also be obtained.
Iran can purchase Su30SM2 to replace 55 F14 and form a Russian fighter team with 30 MiG29A& 55 Su30SM2.
Iran should also consider investing in 5G fighter project. It is suggested to consider joining AZM projects, or J31.
It is not appropriate to rely on only one country's fighters. Iran should completely abandon Western fighters and obtain fighters from Russia and China at the same time, and invest in their own fighter production and research.
Iran can even consider cooperating with Pakistan to produce SD10 and PL15E.
 

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I suggest Iran consider cooperating with Pakistan to upgrade and manufacture JF17, purchase and introduce JF17 production line.
On the one hand, JF17 can replace about 250 F1, F4, F5, F6 and F7 fighters.
On the one hand, strengthen diplomatic relations with Pakistan through cooperation. A stable and reliable fighter production line can also be obtained.
Iran can purchase Su30SM2 to replace 55 F14 and form a Russian fighter team with 30 MiG29A& 55 Su30SM2.
Iran should also consider investing in 5G fighter project. It is suggested to consider joining AZM projects, or J31.
It is not appropriate to rely on only one country's fighters. Iran should completely abandon Western fighters and obtain fighters from Russia and China at the same time, and invest in their own fighter production and research.
Iran can even consider cooperating with Pakistan to produce SD10 and PL15E.
It would be better for Pak, Iran and China to develop a new plane JF18 a 5th gen fighter with 6th gen AI, sensors and weapons' systems.
 

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Naftali Bennett certainly tried to reverse Putin's decision to sell fighter jets and helicopters to Iran.

Whether it succeeds or not. Only time will tell...
 

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Pay attention as there's some misinformation in the article.

For one, the Mig-29, Su-24 and Kilo submarines were acquired in the early 1990's not 1970's. Furthermore I somehow doubt 3 submarines and some 50-60 jets cost 10 billion USD!

Second it's highly unlikely that Iran will be interested in the S-400 and the Pantsir, having its own new generation long- and short range AD systems in production.

Third, October 18 reports in the Iranian media did not cite general Bagheri as saying that Iran intends to negotiate new contracts with Moscow, but that such contracts have already been signed since the lifting of the UN arms embargo ie during the past 12 months.

Fourth, there's no official detailed statement on which items Iran has ordered from Russia, neither on exact types nor on numbers, only speculation and unsourced claims. General Bagheri simply made generic mention of fighters, trainers and helicopters.
From Twitter, take it with pinch of salt.
 

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Finally, Iran really need modern fighter jets to improve its Air force capabilities, Good luck.
 

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There's no way that Israel and America will let Iran get their hands on those sate if the art weapons. Just remember the S-300 system and before that any thing that Iran tried to buy from Russia. Russia will only sell Iran very tamed and very watered downed systems.
 

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