MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – According to information published by the Russian News Agency, TASS, quoting a military diplomatic source, on 1 October Russia supplied Syria with three battalion sets of S-300PM systems along with twenty-four missile launchers in total, eight launchers for each system, as well as with more than 100 surface-to-air guided missiles for each battalion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The diplomatic military source adds that the S-300PM systems were given to Syrian free of charge, reporting the fact that they had been previously deployed by one of the regiments of the Russian Aerospace Forces, which now has in use the S-400 Triumph systems. The announcement also says that the S-300 systems, donated to Syria are in good operational condition to perform combat missions, due to the fact that they had undergone overhaul at Russian defense enterprises.
In a statement of the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, made on 2 October, Russia additionally donated to Syria forty-nine pieces of military equipment as part of the S-300 supply, aiming to support the Russian task force security there. This additional delivery included radars, control vehicles and four launchers. The Minister also added that Russia was also training Syrian specialists to use the newly acquired S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems.
In 2010, the both countries signed an agreement for the supply of Syria with Russian S-300 missile defense systems, but later it was canceled. Until now, when on 24 September, after the the Russia Ilyushin-20 reconnaissance plane incident over the Mediterranean, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made an announcement that Russia would still supply the Syrian army with S-300 systems, in order to strengthen its combat capacities.
The S-300 air defense missile system can eliminate advanced aircraft and planes, by using its reconnaissance and strike systems, stealth technology, medium-range ballistic, tactical and cruise missiles, and its airborne early warning and control aircraft.
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