The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have begun deploying air-defense systems in the country’s northeastern region with a direct support from Russia.
On December 4, the North Press Agency (NPA) released a video showing at least one Syrian Pantsir-S1 short-range air-defense (SHORAD) system heading towards the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa.
The Syrian air-defense system was accompanied by several armored vehicles of the Russian Military Police and even two helicopters of the Russian Army Aviation.
According to local sources, the system was deployed in a Russian base around Ain Isaa. These claims have not been confirmed, so far.
The Pantsir-S1 is armed with two dual 2A38M 30 mm autocannon guns along with up to twelve radio-command-guided 57E6 surface-to-air missiles with an operational range of 20 km and a flight altitude of 10 km.
Last October, Damascus and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reached an agreement allowing the SAA to enter the northeastern region. The agreement is aimed at countering the Turkish-led attack on the region.
In the last few weeks, Turkish drone strikes killed several civilians in northeastern Syria. The deployment of air-defense system could help to limit such activities of the Turkish Air Force (TAF) in the region.
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