Russia To Sell Surface To Air Missile System To Syria

Posted on September 25, 2018

As well as delivering the S-300 system, Moscow plans to equip Syrian air defence command posts with automated systems to ensure, in the words of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, “centralised control over all of Syria’s air defence facilities and capabilities, the monitoring of airspace and prompt targeting”. In addition, he said “the identification of all Russian aircraft by Syrian air defences will be guaranteed”. This is in effect an admission that there were serious shortcomings in the existing system when a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 electronic intelligence gathering aircraft was accidentally shot down a week ago by Syrian air defence forces responding to an Israeli air strike on the city of Latakia.

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