“Russia to Sell Air Defense System to Iran”

That’s the headline. Here’s how All Headline News describes the deal:

Russia will implement a contract to supply Tor-M1 air defense systems to Iran, Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and First Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Baluyevsky said on Wednesday.

Roughly 30 Tor-M1 complexes are planned to be supplied to Tehran which will defend the key state and military facilities, foremost nuclear facilities in Isfahan, Bushehr, Tehran and in the east of the country. The contract, worth 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, is the biggest arms deal Iran and Russia have ever concluded.

Tor-M1 is an all-weather air defense system which is intended to ensure effective protection from cruise missiles, guided bombs, warplanes, helicopters, and pilotless and remotely controlled attack aircraft.

I’m not sure how smart a deal that is for the Mullahs. Doesn’t it make it harder for the Bush administration to pass the Iran problem on to its successor?

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