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Iran to get advanced air defenses soon

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Iran will acquire advanced Russian-made air defenses by the end of the year, Israeli sources said.

Iran, which announced in December that it had ordered an unspecified number of S-300 ground-to-air missiles from Russia, will take delivery by 2009, Israeli defense sources said Thursday.

The S-300 can track up to 100 targets at once and fire on planes 75 miles away. It would significantly challenge any Israeli or U.S. airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

According to the sources, it would take Iran six to 12 months to deploy and man the S-300s.

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