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Iran Says It’s Buying S-300 SAMs From Russia
Iran announced Dec. 26 that Russia will supply it with S-300 air defense missiles, and Russia’s technology export agency promptly denied any such sale, or even deliberations to sell. The missile, designated SA-10 and SA-20 by NATO depending on the variant, is considered the most potent of currently fielded, high-altitude surface-to-air missiles. Ranges of some spinoff designs extend 250 mi. or more. Sale of the expensive missile has been rumored for years.