SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – Russia can return to consideration of the issue of supplying Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems S-300 after the US strikes on this country. This was reported by Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy, Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, at a briefing to the Ministry of Defense on Saturday.
“Several years ago, given the urgent request of some of our Western partners, we refused to supply S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria.” Taking into account what happened, we believe it possible to return to consideration of this issue, and not only against Syria, but also other states, ” said the general.
Rudskoy recalled that “over the past year and a half, Russia has fully restored Syria’s air defense system and continues to improve it.” “Syrian air defense means, based on Soviet-made air defense complexes, successfully repulsed the impacts of aviation and naval weapons, 71 [of 103] cruise missiles were intercepted,” added the chief of the Main Operations Directorate.
Syrian air defense weapons S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa were involved in repelling the missile attack.
“This shows the high efficiency of Syria’s weapons and the excellent training of Syrian military personnel prepared by our specialists,” Rudskoy emphasized.
The medium-range S-300 “Favorit” medium-range missile system is able to hit various targets at a distance of up to 200 km, can be used against ballistic and aerodynamic targets.
Complexes S-300 are in service with many countries, including China, Belarus, Kazakhstan and others. According to open sources, in 2010 a contract was signed for the delivery of the S-300 to Syria, but in connection with the situation in that country, supplies were suspended.