Satellite imagery of missile and air defense system shows 3 of 4 systems activated; Camouflage used in attempts to conceal activity.


Satellite imagery provided by Israel’s ImageSat International shows the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems being erected in Syria on its Masyaf base.

Three of the four systems can be seen in the satellite images showing an “increase of the operational level and alertness”. The surface-to-air missile systems are reportedly covered with camouflage nets in attempts to conceal its progress and deployment.

Russia delivered its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria using the world’s largest military planes, the Condor, in October of last year. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed the delivery of four launching platforms. He boasted at the time, “We now control a close zone of up to 50 kilometers and the far zone of 200 kilometers from where attacks on the Syrian territory were launched.”

The S-300 poses a major threat to Israel’s covert operations and defense needs in Syria combatting Iran. The S-300 is capable of tracking fighter jets and missiles up to 300 kilometers. The system has advanced radars and detection technologies with the capability of engaging 6 targets simultaneously and launching 12 missiles.



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