US media said that Russia may soon have more Zolfaghar ballistic missiles with a range of 700 km from Iran to supplement its missile arsenal. Now both Moscow and Tehran deny this.
The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, said Iran may send a batch of Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar short-range ballistic missiles to Russia. These missiles have ranges of 300km and 700km, respectively.
The US newspaper noted, if this agreement is implemented, this will be the first batch of missiles exported to Russia since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict. Along with Iran’s Shahed UAV, the above missiles have been used on the battlefields of Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. Zolfaghar in Iranian means “sharp blade” is a short-range ballistic missile using solid fuel.
This is a variant of the Fateh line announced by Iran in 2016. This missile has a range of 700 km with an accuracy of 50-70 m from the intended target. Despite the same shape and size as the Fateh-110, Zolfaghar has a completely new navigation system.
Zolfaghar missiles use high explosive warheads or cluster shells with a maximum mass of 450 kg. Although the West and Ukraine have repeatedly accused Iran of providing weapons to Russia during the conflict in Ukraine, both Moscow and Tehran have denied this.
“Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stressed that Tehran has not and will not supply any weapons used in the conflict in Ukraine,” the statement said.
“We believe that supplying weapons to the parties involved in the crisis will prolong the conflict. Iran considers the conflicts in Ukraine or Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen to be mistaken,” Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian said.