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Russia To Sell Missile Systems To Venezuela January 30, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, World News.

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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