Iran seeks to upgrade its arsenal after embargo is lifted

Iran seeks to upgrade its arsenal after embargo is lifted

After the international arms embargo is lifted, Iran plans to buy advanced military systems, including armed drones, air defense systems, fighter jets and tanks, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami told the media.

The Islamic Republic has previously shown interest in Russian Su-30 and Yak-130 aircraft, the T-90 tank and the S-400 air defense system. It has also shown interest in several Chinese defense systems, including J-10 and J-20 fighters, but has been unable to procure such weapons under the 2015 nuclear deal

Khatami noted that Iran had entered talks “with several countries” even before the arms embargo was lifted earlier this year, adding that the talks are now “in the final stages.”

According to him, Tehran is also negotiating the sale of several domestically produced weapons systems, including anti-tank missile systems.

Earlier, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that his country has yet to “fully avenge” the January 3 killing of Quds Force Commander General Qassem Suleimani in an American drone attack in Iraq.