How have Iran's military capabilities developed since 1979? - UPI.com
UPI reports: "The watershed moment for Iran's defense was when Tehran connected with
China. As Iran began buying in high volume directly from China, it
gradually moved away from Eastern bloc suppliers and, according to
Rafiqdoost, it was this burgeoning Iranian-Sino defense relationship
that prompted Russia to begin selling weapons to Tehran.
Since then, Iran became the most important export market for Russian
defense products, including fighter aircraft such as the MiG-29 and
Su-24, submarines such as the Kilo-class, and air defense systems such
as the recently delivered S-300 — even if business has not always been
Comment: This is a great overview of the development of the Iranian military since the Islamic revolution.