Iran is building its own advanced anti-aircraft missile system, after Russia wouldn't sell it one, a top commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday.
Gen. Mohammad Hasan Mansourian said Iran will soon test its own version of the S-300 missile system, which is still being developed at military industrial sites, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Mansourian's comments come after Russia banned all sales of S-300 missile systems to Iran, citing the latest round of tough U.N. sanctions.
"The Iranian version of S-300 system is currently undergoing field modifications and is at the testing stage. Other long-range anti-aircraft missile systems are also being designed," IRNA quoted Mansourian as saying.
Mansourian said Russia has caved in to U.S. and Israeli pressures despite a valid deal.
"To meet part of our security needs in the field of air defense, we sought to purchase S-300 from Russia but it refused to deliver the defensive weapon under pressures from the U.S. and the Zionist regime, citing U.N. Security Council resolution 1929 as a pretext," he said.
Mansourian didn't provide further details but said the Iranian military already has locally-built missiles to defend its airspace.
Iran frequently announces new advances in its military technology that cannot be independently verified.
Tehran is also locked in a dispute with the United States and its European allies over its controversial nuclear activities.
The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to build nuclear weapons. Iran denies any such ambitions.
Source: AP News