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Russia Deployed Tor-M2 Air-Defense System In Tartus Naval Base (Satellite Images)

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The Russian military has deployed at least one Tor-M2 air-defense system in its naval base in the western Syrian city of Tartus.

Satellite images released on October 10 showed the system in a fortified post inside the naval base, which is located in the northern part of Tartus city’s port. The base is also guarded by four Russian Pantsir-S1 systems. Moreover, a Syrian Pechora-M2 air-defense system is deployed nearby.

The Tor is an all-weather low to medium altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system designed to engage planes, helicopters, cruise missiles, precision guided munitions, drones and short-range ballistic threats. The M2 variant has a range of up to 16 km.

Commander of the Russian Armed Forces’ tactical air defense, Lt. Gen. Alexander Leonov, revealed in a recent interview that the system, which was deployed in Hmeimim Air Base a few years ago, had shot down 45 drones in Syria.

Russia Deployed Tor-M2 Air-Defense System In Tartus Naval Base (Satellite Images)

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Tartus naval base is not the only Russian installation that was recently reinforced. New satellite images revealed that a large air-defense base in western Hama, where a S-400 long-range system is deployed, was reinforced with Pantsir-S1 systems.

Russia is currently working to expand its military presence in Syria, especially in the western part of the country. Earlier this year, an agreement to develop Hmeimim Air Base was reached.

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