Russia completed the delivery of a load of modern anti-aircraft missiles to Iran last week, the Eurasia Daily Monitor reports — a deal Moscow said does not violate any international agreements.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said the Tor-M1 missiles are "100 percent defensive weapons" and even said that if Iran were in need of other armaments, Russia would be ready to help, it was reported.
The contract was originally signed more than a year ago, in November of 2005. Since then, Iran has received 29 Tor-M1 missile launchers.
The price of the deal has never been made public, but the Daily Monitor reports Russian sources believing it's somewhere between $1 billion and $1.4 billion.
The news comes as Iran began three days of short-range missile testing Monday. Those tests are in the face of the United States strengthening forces in the Gulf region.
However, Tor-M1 system is somewhat limited.
Ready for battle, based on a tank platform and including eight missiles each, it can take out only relatively low-flying targets at a short range, making it good against helicopters, attack planes, and low-flying cruise missiles.
It also cannot to engage U.S. bombers — including stealth aircraft — which the U.S. would most likely use if it attacked Iran's nuclear facilities.