Russia is in talks with Iran to modernize Iranian short range Tor-M1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile defense systems, Ria Novosti reported 29 January 2015.
“Iran has been operating a large number of Russian Tor-M1 SAM defense systems. We are looking at a possible modernization of these missiles. We provide Iran with spare parts and also train personnel. The work continues”, Vyacheslav Kartashov, liaison for military-technical cooperation and government contracts was quoted as saying.
“Iranian experts "professionally operate" the Tor-M1 missile systems, and provide for its maintenance. The equipment is in an excellent combat condition. Perhaps, this is one of the factors withholding the potential aggressor," Kartashov added.
The defense system is designed to detect and engage modern high-precision weapons that include cruise missiles and guided bombs. Tor are deployed to protect Iranian state and military facilities from air attacks, the report said.