Russia confirms deployment of S-300V4 air defense missile systems in Syria 20510162

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Russia confirms deployment of S-300V4 air defense missile systems in Syria
A battery of S-300V4 air defense systems has been deployed to Syria to protect a naval base in the port of Tartus as well as Russian warships deployed off the Syrian coast, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.
Russia confirms deployement of S 300V4 air defense missile systems in Syria 640 001The S-300V4 is an upgraded variant of the S-300VM air defense missile system
According to media reports, the variant deployed in Syria is S-300V4 (NATO designation SA-23 Gladiator), which is capable of striking tactical and strategic aircraft, medium-range ballistic missiles, tactical missiles, as well as cruise missiles.

The information about the S-300’s deployment was confirmed by ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

Indeed, the Syrian Arab Republic received an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. This system is designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in [Syrian city of] Tartus and ships located in the coastal area [in Syria]” he told the media.

In November 2015, Moscow deployed its newest S-400 air defense missile system to Khmeimim in Syria as part of a security boost following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey near the border with that country. At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the S-400 systems are not targeting Russia's partners, “with whom we fight terrorists in Syria together.”

The S-300V4 is a recent addition to the S-300V family of army air defense missile systems. The variant has been supplied to the Russian military under an order awarded in 2012. The S-300V4’s range is 400 km.


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