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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Said to Buy Russian Weapons

LONDON -- Syria has agreed to supply Iran with at least 10 of 50 air defense systems that Damascus is in the process of buying from Russia, Jane's Defence Weekly reported in this week's edition.

Jane's quoted a source close to the deal as saying that while most of the Pantsyr-S1E systems were earmarked for Syrian Air Defense Command, "The end user for 10 of the systems is Tehran."

It said Iran would take delivery of them in late 2008. To reward Syria for its middleman role, Tehran would partly finance Syria's Pantsyrs as well as paying for its own.

Jane's said Syria had struck a $730 million deal with Russia earlier this year for some 50 Pantsyr-S1E self-propelled, short-range gun and missile air defense systems.

Its source said Moscow had not been officially notified of the reported Syrian arrangement with Iran, which flowed from a November 2005 strategic accord between the countries on military and technological cooperation.

Russia, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council with veto power, is a key player in international diplomacy over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

A Security Council resolution in March urged all states to exercise "vigilance and restraint" in the supply, sale or transfer of weaponry to Iran, including missile systems.