A Tor M2 surface-to-air missile system has been for the first time spotted in the Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria, according to a photo released by Livejournal blogger Ecoross1 that visited Syria on April 21-22 within a group of the Russian journalists and bloggers.
The released photo is the first confirmation of the Tor M2 surface-to-air missile system deployment in Syria. The Tor M2 is a low to medium altitude, short-range air defense system. It’s designed to engage aircraf, cruise missiles, precision guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and short-range missile threats.
Other photos released by Ecoross1 also show that the Russian military has set up a safety fencing near parked aircraft. This effort is most likely a result of the repeated attempts by militants to attack the airbase, including attempts damage Russian aircraft with mortar or rocket fire. In December 2017, a mobile militant group armed with mortars even succeeded in this.