Russian specialists have completed the reconfiguration of S-300PM/PM-2 air defense systems delviered to Syria to the export version S-300PMU-2 Favorit and returned to Russia, TASS reported on November 7 citing a military-diplomatic source.
“Technical specialists from Russia’s defense industry enterprises who arrived in Syria in early October following the supply of S-300PM/PM-2 systems have completed their reconfiguration to the export version S-300PMU-2. They returned to Russia several days ago,” the source stated. “All three battalions armed with S-300PMU-2 systems are ready for combat operation in Syria. Syrian military personnel is now to be instructed in their use.”
Previously, TASS reproted that the reconfiguration of S-300PM/PM2 systems were mostly focused on replacing Russian codes as well as letter frequencies of the ground radar interrogator and letter codes of radars to Syrian ones.
The Russian military is also actively working in order to establish a united air-defense network of the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) and to train SADF personnel.
On October 31, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov revealed that additionally to S-300 air defense systems Russia provided sets of the automated system of air defense means control Polyana D-4. The Polyana D-4 ensures effective control of combat operations by a missile air defense brigade or a mixed air defense group of S-300, Tor, Buk, Pantsir-S and Tunguska air defense systems.