- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Iran has purchased $21 billion worth of satellite equipment and aircraft from Russia, according to Iranian officials.

An Iranian delegation signed contracts for the technology after visiting Russia’s MAKS-2015 international air show, Iranian officials told Sputnik.

“There is a large share of contracts for the purchase of this type of aircraft,” Manouchehr Mantegh, an Iranian technology and aviation official said, Sputnik reported. He did not disclose how many aircraft were purchased.

The purchases include “satellite-related equipment” and the Sukhoi Superjet, a twin-engine passenger plane.

Tehran has expressed interest in buying Russian equipment in the past.

In August, Iranian Vice President Sorena Sattari told the Russian Kommersant daily newspaper that the country was holding active talks with Russia on the purchase of at least two types of military aircraft. Tehran was also interested in using Russian rocket carriers to launch satellites into orbit, according to Sattari.

The purchases come has Iranian officials continue to declare the country’s commitment to destroying it’s enemies.

Gen. Seyed Ali Mehrabi, lieutenant commander of Iran’s Army Ground Force for Operations, said Tuesday that Iran will deliver a “crushing response” to any country that attempts to wage war against it, Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency reported.

“The enemy is aware that Iran is an important place for all Muslims and an influential country in the region and even the world, given its great capacities,” he said.

“Our armed forces have proved that if the enemy makes a mistake, they will give a strong and crushing response to them with all their power,” he added.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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