Russia has deployed in Syria an advanced air defense system s-300V4 “Antey-2500″ (SA-23 Gladiator in NATO classification). About that Fox News reported three sources in the US administration as evidence that Moscow continues to increase its military presence in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
While the motives for the accommodation of Moscow’s new weapons in Syria, Washington is still unclear, U.S. officials noted that such a defense system potentially capable of intercepting any kind of American cruise missiles in case of attack in Syria.
Components of the air defense system “Antey-2500″ arrived over the weekend at the Russian naval base in the Syrian Tartus, said us officials. It is noted that for the first time Russia has deployed s-300V4 outside its territory. U.S. intelligence in recent weeks and watched the ship parts “Antey-2500″ in Syria, the article says.
As the terrorist groups operating in Syria, have cruise missiles and their own aircraft, sources believe that Russia is taking steps to protect against potential missile attacks by the United States or its allies.
“Antey-2500″ can hit targets at a distance of 250 km, the System is designed to defeat modern and promising aircraft tactical and strategic aircraft, ballistic medium-range missiles, operational-tactical and tactical missiles, aeroballistic and cruise missiles, and aircraft radar patrol and guidance, reconnaissance-strike complexes.
It is known that earlier Russia has deployed in Syria anti-aircraft missile system s-400, after the Russian bomber su-24 was shot down by Turkish air force in November of last year. With the advent of C-400, the us military have become more cautious in flights in the zone of the system, despite repeated assurances that their air strikes are aimed at militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH, banned in Russia), and not on the position of the army of Bashar al-Assad, said Fox News.
We will remind, yesterday the state Department announced that the US cease negotiations with Russia on the situation in Syria. In Washington explained the decision by saying that “Russia was unable to fulfil its promises, including its obligations under international humanitarian law”. In addition, Washington said, “either Moscow’s unwillingness or inability forced the Syrian regime to cooperate”.