S-400 Air Defense System Now Controls Skies of Turkey and Syria

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Russia's S-400 air defense system

Russia’s S-400 air defense system

MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Russia’s S-400 air defense system has entered duty at the Hmeimim air base accommodating Russia’s air and space group in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has told the media.

“In accordance with the decision of Russia’s Supreme Commander-in-Chief an air defense complex S-400 has been promptly delivered to the Russian air base in Hmeimim in Syria. It has been deployed and entered combat duty to provide air defense for the area,” he said.

Moscow made the decision to bring its S-400 air defense complexes to Hmeimim after Turkey last Tuesday downed a Russian Sukhoi-24 front-line bomber. One crew member was killed and the other, rescued and taken to the Russian base. Ankara argues that the Russian plane had violated Turkish airspace. According to the Russian Defense Ministry the Sukhoi-24 stayed over Syrian territory all the time and there was no violation of Turkish airspace.

Syria is Getting the Best Air Defense Missile System Ever

The Russian air force in Syria is protected by the most powerful and advanced air defense system in the world.

Syria has a comprehensive air defense as Russia has deployed its S-400 missile systems to the Hmeymim airbase there, security analyst and US Navy veteran Mark Sleboda told Sputnik.

​”It is a significant upgrade on the S-300, which was a much earlier system. The S-400 came out at the end of the Soviet period, but there have been significant upgrades in recent years.”

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“It is widely regarded by experts as the most powerful and technologically advanced air defense system in the world,” and its deployment in Syria sends a powerful statement, said Sleboda.

“This is a very powerful defensive statement from Russia … very soon there will be a quite effective Russian no-fly zone over almost the entirety of Syrian territory, certainly covering all west of Syria, and very far towards the eastern border.”

The deployment of S-400 is in addition to the Pantsir-S1 air defense missile-gun system the Russian air force already had at its disposal at the Hmeymim airbase, while the Moskva guided missile cruiser was already in the area.”There wasn’t really a need for them (the more powerful S-400 system),” said Sleboda.

“ISIL, of course, doesn’t have an air force. They were simply a standard military precaution for an air mission. But now with the threat of NATO planes taking down Russian jets out of the air, that suddenly becomes a very real necessity.”

On Wednesday the Russian defense ministry announced that the S-400 defense missile system will be deployed to its air base in Syria.

It can destroy tactical ballistic missiles at a range of up to 60 km, and air targets including cruise missiles and aircraft flying at a speed of up to 4800 meters a second, and a distance of up to 250 km. The S-400 is also capable of tracking and launching against most stealth technology.

The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)

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