The UN Security Council (DK) has rejected a draft United States (US) resolution to extend the arms embargo indefinitely against Iran. America and Israel are now preparing for a situation where Russia can sell advanced missile defense systems like the S-400 to Tehran.
Defense experts believe the United States and Israel will take down their F-35 stealth fighter jets if Tehran eventually buys an advanced S-400 missile system from Moscow.
The U.N.’s rejection last week has left the U.S. embarrassed. Russia and China strongly oppose the extension of the 13-year arms embargo that will expire on October 18, 2020 under the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers (the US, Russia, Uk, France, Germany and China).
“The failure of the Security Council to act decisively in maintaining international peace and security is inexcusable,” said U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.
However, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft warned Washington would embark on a “snapback.” “In the coming days, the United States will follow through on that promise not to stop extending the arms embargo,” he said.
According to a 2019 Pentagon report titled “Military Power Report Statement”, in the “Military Power” section that also includes Russia and China, it is suspected that once the Iran arms embargo expires in 2020, it will provide an opportunity for Tehran to acquire some advanced capabilities that have been beyond its reach
The report continued that Iran had acquired Russia’s SA-20C air defense system, which gave Iran its first ability to defend itself from modern Air Force weapons.
“Iran is also strengthening its integrated air defense system through domestic production as well as foreign acquisitions. Iran is downing surface-to-air missiles and radar systems that are better capable of being developed domestically,” the Pentagon report reads.
Iran, the Pentagon reports, is also suspected of trying to obtain Russian defense hardware, including S-400 air defense systems, K-300P Bastion coastal defense systems, Su-30 fighter jets, Yak-130 trainers, and T-90 main battle tanks.
The senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Bradley Bowman, said Iran in 2019 is trying to buy the S-400, Russia’s highly capable surafce-to-air mobile missile system.
Moscow reportedly rejected Tehran’s request. “But if the arms embargo is left to expire, Moscow may res enjoy the opportunity to sell the S-400 as well as warplanes and other weapons to Tehran,” he said, as reported.
EurAsianTimes, Tuesday (8/18/2020).
“That scenario is very similar to what American and Israeli pilots might face if Tehran gets new air defenses and warplanes from Moscow or Beijing. In a variety of real-world situations, the F-35 needs to defeat Iran’s air defenses and warplanes to facilitate direct weapons attacks or stalemate against ground targets,” he said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. and Israeli Air Forces for the second time this year conducted joint military exercises with the aim of improving the defensive capabilities of their fighter jets against advanced enemy air defenses and enemy warplanes before striking ground targets.
According to the Breaking Defense report, the joint exercise, named “Enduring Lightning II,”” involved the U.S. 421st Squadron and Israeli F-35I Adir fighter jets and took place in southern Israel on August 2.