MOSCOW, November 26. Antiaircraft rocket complex With-400 have taken up on combat duty at the Russian airbase Hamim in Syria. This was reported to journalists by the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov.
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Experts: transfer of s-400 to Syria will allow to cover the aircraft of the Russian Federation and test the system
“In accordance with the decision of the Supreme commander of the Armed forces of Russia today, the Russian air base in Syria Hamim was promptly delivered, and are already deployed on combat duty on the cover of an area of antiaircraft missile system s-400”, – he said.
The representative of the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation Colonel Igor Klimov reminded the journalists that the s-400 is “the most modern high-precision air defense missile system, considerably superior to foreign analogues”. “The radius of the system is 400 kilometers. S-400 can hit targets at altitudes up to 30 km, there is also a mode of shooting at ground targets, he said.
Moscow decided to throw on Hamim airbase in Syria, which houses the Russian aviation group, the s-400 after the Turkish air force was shot down on Tuesday the Russian su-24 bomber. One of the pilots was killed, another was rescued and taken to a Russian base. Ankara claims that downed aircraft violated the airspace of Turkey. The defense Ministry claims that the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.”
System s-400, adopted on arms in 2007, first appeared outside Russia. Earlier it became known that she will not remain in Syria after the completion of operation against terrorists – return to Russia.
About the statement of the representative of the American Embassy
The defense Ministry surprised by the reaction of the American side on transfer to Syria anti-aircraft missile systems s-400, said Igor Konashenkov.
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Anti-aircraft missile system s-400. Dossier
The General cited a statement by the representative of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, according to which the deployment of s-400 “will further complicate the already difficult situation in the skies over Syria”. “What can I say? Until Tuesday we had generally shared this view, confident that our aircraft, destroying objects ISIL (the former name is forbidden in the Russian Federation the terrorist organization “Islamic state” – approx.), guaranteed from attacks by the US-led so-called “antiepilepsy coalition,” – said Konashenkov.
He recalled that Russia has taken other measures to protect its aircraft in Syria. So, from 10:00 Moscow time environment “has started bearing combat duty in air defense of our air bases” has started missile cruiser “Moskva”, equipped with “Fort” (naval version of s-300), explained the General. “Now we are going to ensure the safety of the aircraft in our air group during action against terrorists of ISIL and other terrorist groups in more reliable ways,” added Konashenkov.
The arrival of the guards cruiser “Moskva” to the coast of Latakia to provide anti-aircraft cover air group in Syria
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