Shoigu: Russia to deliver S 300 air defense systems to Syria
Tehran, The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russia will deliver S 300 air defense systems to Syria within two weeks in order to develop the air defense in Syria.
In a statement, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow will deliver the S-300 air defense systems to Syria within two weeks, adding that the systems are capable of intercepting air threats at a range of more than 250 kilometers and simultaneously hitting several aerial targets, SANA reported.
Shoigu said that the S-300 would significantly boost Syria's combat capabilities, adding that Syria's air defense will be equipped with automatic control system, which has been supplied only to the Russian Armed Forces.
This will ensure the centralized management of all Syrian air defense forces and facilities, monitoring of the situation in the airspace and prompt target designation. Most importantly, it will ensure identification of all Russian aircraft by the Syrian air defense forces, he added.
The Russian Minister clarified that Russia will jam satellite navigation, on-board radars and communication systems of combat aircraft, which attack targets in the Syrian territory, in the regions over the waters of the Mediterranean Sea bordering with Syria.
According to Shoigu, An Israeli F-16 jet used the Russian Il-20 aircraft as a shield, which resulted in the downing of the plane by Syrian air defense systems, adding this forced us to take an adequate response aimed at improving the security of Russian troops performing tasks to combat international terrorism in Syria.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA