Published on: Sep 25, 2018 @ 11:44 – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Monday that he will deliver S-300 air defense systems to Syria. Military analyst Ali Maqsud believes the move will contribute to reducing aggression against Damascus.
According to the Russian minister, the systems are capable of intercepting means of air strike at a distance of more than 250 kilometers and at the same time reaching several aerial targets, significantly reinforcing the capabilities of the Syrian anti-aircraft defense.
Shoigu recalled that in 2013 Russia suspended the delivery of the S-300 to Syria at the request of Israel, but that now the situation has changed “not because of Russia”, referring to the incident with the plane Il-20.
Syrian retired general Ali Maqsud commented on the news, stressing that the delivery of S-300 will change the balance of forces in the region.
“Russia’s decision to provide S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Syria will change the balance of power and will not let the long hands of Israel and the West reach Damascus. It will be a deterrent to aggression against Syria,” he said.
For Maqsud, in providing these armaments, Moscow announced the closure of Syrian airspace for the aviation of Western countries and Israel. However, the delivery of the S-300s is not yet the complete response to Israel after the Il-20 slaughter.
“We are reminded that when Turkey knocked down the Russian [Su-24 in November 2015], the response measures had a great influence on Ankara,” said the Syrian analyst.
The fight against terrorism in the Arab country continues, and the general believes that the Russian systems will be a great support for the Syrian army and that now there will be no reasons “to worry about the safety of its airspace. Everything is indicating that Syria will be completely liberated from terrorists,” he said.
In addition to the S-300s, Moscow will provide Syria with state-of-the-art automated systems for anti-air defense command posts that allow airspace monitoring. The Russian defense also said that in the regions of the Mediterranean Sea adjacent to Syria, satellite navigation, radio-electronic emissions and radars of combat aircraft attacking Syrian territory will be suppressed.
The Russian plane Il-20, which was transporting 15 Russian military personnel, was downed by an S-200 missile from the Syrian army on Monday night, killing all crew members, according to the official story. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the aircraft was downed by Syrian missiles accidentally, in a friendly fire scenario, in response to actions by Israeli aviation, which used the Russian plane as cover.