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Iran Supplies Russia With Hundreds Of Ballistic Missiles

“There is no reason to hide it. We are allowed to export weapons to any country that we wish to.”

In a move deepening military ties between Iran and Russia, it has been reported by six sources that Iran supplied Russia with a substantial number of potent surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.

This includes approximately 400 missiles, with a focus on the Fateh-110 family, notably the Zolfaghar. These short-range ballistic weapons are road-mobile and possess a striking range of 300 to 700 km (186 to 435 miles).

The shipments commenced in early January following a finalized deal in meetings late last year between Iranian and Russian military and security officials in Tehran and Moscow. While Iran’s defence ministry and the Revolutionary Guards overseeing the ballistic missile program declined to comment, Russia’s defence ministry has not responded to requests for clarification.

According to an Iranian military official, at least four shipments have taken place, with expectations of more in the coming weeks. The official did not disclose further details but highlighted that some missiles were transported by ship via the Caspian Sea, while others were moved by plane.

The second Iranian official emphasized that there is no intention to conceal these transactions, stating, “There is no reason to hide it. We are allowed to export weapons to any country that we wish to.”

Notably, U.N. Security Council restrictions on Iran’s export of certain missiles and technologies expired in October. However, the United States and European Union maintained sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, expressing concerns over arms exports to the Middle East and Russia.

John Kirby, White House national security spokesperson, expressed concerns in early January about Russia potentially acquiring short-range ballistic weapons from Iran. The United States had noted evidence of advancing talks, but no confirmation of deliveries.

While the Pentagon has not responded to requests for comments on the reported missile deliveries, it is crucial to note that these developments occur against the backdrop of geopolitical tensions, with Russia already facing accusations of acquiring missiles from North Korea.

Jeffrey Lewis, an expert with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, highlighted the precision of the Fateh-110 family of missiles, stating they are used for high-value targets requiring precise damage. The reported 400 munitions, if used, could have significant implications, although he noted the severity of Russian bombardments in the ongoing conflict.

Ozioma Samuel-Ugwuezi

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