Seven Russian S-300 air defense systems have been deployed in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
“As you know, S-400 system was deployed a long time ago [in Syria]. In addition, we have deployed seven S-300 systems to cover the part of the sea practically to the territory of Cyprus,” the defense ministery said at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with the ministry’s leadership and defense enterprises.
Russia also deployed Bastion coastal systems which virtually cover the entire Syrian coast, according to Shoigu.
“These complexes are able to destroy both sea and ground targets at a distance of 350 kilometers of the sea and almost 450 kilometers of land,” he said.
Shoigu emphasized that the Russian Navy’s task force in Syria is defended by the Bastion and the Russian bases are now defended from low-flying targets.
“Pantsir systems are supplied there because of that. In addition, over the past four months the Syrian S-200 systems have been restored, which cover the Syrian territory from the east among other things and support the protection of our bases in Tartus and Hmeymim from the air.”