BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The National Interest online magazine recently touched on Iran’s chances of shooting down the American F-35 stealth fighter if it acquired the Russian S-400 air defense system.

The National Interest article, titled “Could Iran Shoot Down a U.S. F-22, F-35 or Stealth B-2 Bomber?”, discussed the scenario and the possibility of Iran obtaining this advanced missile system, following a report by the Tasnim Agency earlier this month.

Citing the comments of the Russian ambassador to Iran, Levan Jagarian, the National Interest quoted the latter as saying: “We are not afraid of U.S. threats and we will live up to our commitments.”

It is important to note that the comments were made by Jagarian after he was asked if the Russian Ministry of Defense would sell the S-400 system to Iran. This question was in reference to the U.N. arms embargo, which is set to expire this month.

The Russian website Avia Pro said last August that the U.N. Security Council’s rejection of the U.S. demand to extend the arms embargo imposed on Iran means that Russia can, on fully legal grounds, start selling advanced weapons to the Islamic Republic, including S-400 systems.

The site said: “The restrictions imposed on the supply of weapons to Iran under the terms of the nuclear agreement will expire on October 18, 2020.”

The National Interest, meanwhile, says that Iran’s acquisition of the Russian S-400 system missiles means that it will possess advanced defense capabilities, but its ability to down stealth jets will rely on the extent to which the Russian system has been upgraded.

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“What would it mean for Iran to possess advanced S-400s? The answer, it seems, relies heavily upon the extent to which the Russian-built defenses have been upgraded. The most modern S-400 variants use a new generation of digital processors, computer networking and radar-frequency detection, leading some in the Russian media to claim they are capable of destroying 5th-Gen stealth fighters and B-2 bombers,” the online publication said.

In addition to the S-400, the Iranian is also interested in several new aircraft, including the Russian Su-24 and Su-35, which would provide a major boost to their air force.

As the arms embargo expires, Iran’s interest in foreign military equipment will continue to aggravate Washington, especially at a region level in the Middle East, where the Islamic Republic has already built one of the most powerful forces.

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Mungo
Mungo
2020-10-16 03:51

Hate to point it out but Iran is already capable of blasting Yanki stealth jets out of the sky. The S-400 is probably as worthless as the crappy S-300, which apparently goes into sleep mode every time an Israeli jet approaches. Ask the Syrians if you don’t believe me.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-10-13 07:43

If US fear S-400, we can sell them Rafale. S-400 is no issue if you don’t get closer than 40km, enough to use AASM Hammer as well as Spice-250 glide bombs

Gryz
Gryz
2020-10-13 10:22
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Simplistic as ever. Nobody even knows how the Rafale would perform against the S-400 detection apparatus let alone longer-range VHF radars providing early and very earpy warning to aquisition systems. To perform active cancellation you need to determine a proper illumination waveform which for now cannot be jammed or locked on thanks to cutting-edge frequency hopping made possible by the best phase arrays on the planet. Add bi-static multiband detection to the mix and your Rafale is most probably toast at 100km,plus its external ordnance make it much more visible on radar than even a deficient F-35. Plus you discount… Read more »

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est338lapua
2020-10-14 01:54
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