On October 24, Israel’s ImageSat International (iSi) released a group of sattelite images, which allegedly revealed the first location of Syria’s S-300 air defense system.
According to the released images, the deployment site is located near the village of Masyaf in the province of Hama. The report claims that the deployment site is not operational yet, but four S-300 launchers are already there.
“Elements suspected as S-300 launchers arrived at Hmeimim airfield during the last days of September 2018. Based on iSi imagery, the elements were temporarily deployed at the airfield, until the end of the construction of its storage area and permanent deployment site near Masyaf. The elements were probably transferred to their current location on the third week of October 2018,” the report says.
Russia supplied the Syrian Air Defense Forces with S-300 air defense forces in late September after the Russian IL-20 military plane was shot down during the Israeli strike on Syria. The plane was shot down by Syrian air defense fire, but the incident was caused by irresponsible and hostile actions of the Israeli Air Force, according to Moscow.
The decision to supply S-300 systems to the Syrian government became a key factor influencing the regional security. Israel, which has for a long time used its domination in airspace to pound targets in the war-torn country, is now facing a previously unexpected threat from the Syrian Air Defense Forces.