One of the S-300 long-rang air-defense systems, which were supplied to Syria by Russia, is still inactive, according to a satellite image released by Israel’s ImageSat International (iSi) on November 14.
Russia supplied Syria with three S-300 systems and several other military equipment, including an advanced command and control system. However, ImageSat was able to locate only one S-300 system near the town of Masyaf in the governorate of Hama.
ImageSat’s new report was not a surprise because the Ministry of Defense of Russia said two weeks ago that Russian military advisers are still training personnel of the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) on the use of the S-300 systems. The training on these complicated systems is expected to last for several months.
Russia took the decision to supply Syria with these advanced systems following the downing of the Il-20 intelligence plane on September 17. The systems arrived in Syria two weeks after the incident and since then, Israel has not carried out any airstrike on the war torn country.