WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US Department of Defense Intelligence agency report indicates that Iran is highly likely to seek the acquisition of state-of-the-art Russian military technology, learned BugarianMilitary.com.
According to the report, Iranian leaders would like to buy S-400 air defense systems, fourth and fifth-generation fighter jets, tanks, and coastal missile systems.
In 2020, arms sales and purchases in Iran are to be phased out, and this is one reason US intelligence believes Tehran will try to buy these Russian technologies for its army.
In addition to products from Russia, Iran plans to buy military products from China, according to the US.
The intelligence agency claims that such negotiations are already underway with Russia as a major supplier. It’s about buying Su-30 fighter jets, training salutes, T-90 tanks, the S-400 air defense system and the Bastion missile system.
According to official figures, the country’s defense budget in 2019 amounts to about $ 20.7 billion. However, according to US intelligence estimates, official data may not reflect the full picture. The administration notes that it is not entirely clear exactly how Tehran spends on military needs and assistance to allies.