In the face of great military pressure, Iranian foreign aid finally arrived . The Russian side announced that it would continue to perform its previous military trade activities with Iran, saying that such activities were "purely commercial" and that they were not Russian officials or military support for Iran. This is a commercial cooperation between Iran and Russia's Tula Precision Instrument Manufacturing Consortium. Just as the U.S. military assembled their troops and the carrier battle group was in place again, Russia's transport cargo ship set out from the port of Novorossiysk, carrying a huge Russian flag to indicate its identity. The destination of these ships is the overcast Iran.
So what's on board? In other words, what is the "commercial cooperation between Iran and Tula manufacturing complex in Russia"? The answer is 900 900mm 9M55B rockets with simple guidance. If you are unfamiliar with this number, then this caliber may be familiar to you: yes, this is exactly the ammunition of the Russian 9K58 tornado large caliber rocket launcher system! The Tornado family is not only the representative of the Russian army, but also the global large-caliber rocket launcher. The performance is excellent and reliable, the price is not high, and it is not subject to any treaty restrictions.
9M55B rocket is the export type ammunition of tornado system. With simple guidance system. However, it is unclear whether the batch purchased by Iran is an enhanced range version. The conventional range is 70-80 kilometers, while the enhanced range reaches more than 120 kilometers. In a local war, this is enough to pose a serious threat to the enemy's rear. Tula Precision Instrument Manufacturing Consortium is the final assembly plant for tornado systems, and it is also one of its rocket manufacturing and R & D manufacturers. Iran does not have a Russian-made mobile launch vehicle, but has developed a 300-millimeter launch tube and a simple launch platform, and the ammunition is compatible with Russian-made ammunition.
The complex not only produces tornado ammunition, but also exports basic and various improved versions of the BM21 hail rocket artillery. This ammunition is used almost globally. Iran's previous 122mm upgrade rocket technology is also related to this factory, it can be described as old. So Russia claims that this is "only a commercial cooperation between the Tula Consortium and the Iranian military." Because of survival—the need to make money, Russia ’s export restrictions on its subordinate arsenals are relatively loose, as long as it is not a core category of technology and new weapons, or weapons that violate the treaty are basically allowed. However, this time "business cooperation" is worth exploring.
Russian freighter waiting to set sail
On the other hand, Russia will also ship thousands of tons of supplies. These materials are also not in the name of the Russian army or the official Russian government, but in the name of a global rescue agency in Moscow, in order to "give a helping hand to the problems of life and survival that Iran may be surrounded by the US military." The supplies have been loaded and will be dispatched from ports on the Black Sea coast as needed to arrive as soon as possible. However, Russian officials and the military warned that although these ships were not military operations, they were still Russian ships, flying Russian flags, and passing through dangerous areas. Any attack on them would be regarded as a surprise attack on Russia, and the Russian army would be determined Protection of "security of Russian civilians". In other words: Pack those who dare to move.
Russia has a strong military presence in the Mediterranean
In addition, Russia will continue to fulfill the contract for the delivery of new anti-tank missiles , and will continue to help Iran build missile production lines in accordance with previous agreements. These actions can be described as a snowfall for Iran. On both rockets and missiles, Russia has opened up its supplies-although in an unofficial name, the weapons are real . This will also strengthen Iran's defense capabilities and deter local enemies. In addition, this also provided conditions and opportunities for Russian intervention. Large-caliber rocket technology and new anti-tank missiles are still unknown to Iran and must rely on foreign help. Back to Sohu, see more