Iraq Negotiating to Buy S-300 Air Defense System From Russia

Top MP says stalled talks have been revived

Mohammed Reza, the head of Iraq’s Security and Defense Committee, has confirmed that talks have been restarted between Iraq and Russia on the possible purchase of S-300 air defense systems, with interest from top Iraqi leaders on the deal.

Rexa said he’s not directly involved in the talks, and subsequently doesn’t know where they stand. It is noteworthy that he mentioned the S-300, however, when Russian officials recently suggested Iraq should buy the upgraded S-400.

This would be a good opportunity for Russia to make the sale, as the past week has seen US airstrikes and at least 13 Iranian missiles fired into Iraqi territory, and they are plainly in need of a better defense system for their airspace.

Russia’s S-300 and S-400 have been popular purchases, considered more cost-effective than US alternatives while still being top of the line air defense systems. Iraq has expressed interest in particular in having some non-US equipment in their arsenal.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.