TEHRAN: Iran showed off parts of its new Russian S-300 missile defense system during National Army Day on Sunday.
Russia delivered the first part of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran last week, one of the most advanced systems of its kind that can engage multiple aircraft and ballistic missiles around 150 km (90 miles) away.
Every year, Iran’s armed forces hold parades across the country to mark Army Day. In a ceremony in Tehran, broadcast live on state television, trucks carrying the missiles drove past a podium where Rouhani and military commanders were standing.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA, in a speech at the Army Day ceremony. “The power of our armed forces is not aimed at any of our neighbors .Its purpose is to defend Islamic Iran and act as an active deterrent,”