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Russia To Sell Missile Systems To Venezuela January 30, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, World News.
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MOSCOW (AP)–Russia is holding talks with Venezuela to supply it with mobile air defense missile systems, a Russian news agency reported Tuesday, citing a defense sector source.

Between 10 and 12 Tor-M1 missile systems could be supplied to Venezuela at the initial stage, the Interfax-Military News Agency said, citing a source it didn’t name.

A spokesman for Russia’s state-controlled arms trading monopoly, Rosoboronexport, refused to comment on the report. The ITAR-Tass news agency said the report was denied by Venezuela’s Defense Ministry.

The Tor-M1 system consists of eight missiles mounted on a launch vehicle. The system can identify up to 48 targets and fire at two targets simultaneously at a height of up to 6,000 meters.

Despite U.S. efforts to block other countries from selling arms to Venezuela, Russia recently has signed some $3 billion in military deals with President Hugo Chavez’s government, making it the largest weapons supplier to Venezuela. Contracts include 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 24 Su-30 fighter jets and 53 Russian helicopters.

Russia has also just delivered 29 Tor-M1 systems to Iran, over Washington’s complaints.

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