Iran’s air defense commander has raised the prospect that the Islamic Republic could deploy its new S-300 systems so that their long-range can be used to cover international airspace over the Gulf.

Iranian news agencies quoted Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili as saying: “New plans for making changes in the area of air defense of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman are on the agenda.”

Most of Iran’s older long-range systems are currently located around the central cities of Tehran, Esfahan, and Kashan, although there are S-200s and HQ-2s on the Gulf coast at Bushehr and Bandar Abbas. […]