Iran will focus on strengthening its air force after getting the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense systems and commissioning a similar system which is locally produced, the Bavar-373. Thus, the upcoming negotiations with Russia will focus on the purchase of the Sukhoi jets. Currently though, Iran faces sanctions that prohibit buying offensive weapons.
“We don’t need other long-range air defense systems, (in addition to the S-300 and Bavar-373), we no longer plan to purchase them. Therefore, the Iranian Defense Ministry’s agenda includes consultations with Russia on the purchase of Sukhoi aircraft. We need to strengthen our Air Force,” he said.
According to him, the Bavar-373 air defense missile system will be tested for ballistic missile interception in the near future. If the tests prove successful, it will enter serial production and will be deployed before the end of 2016.