As one of versions – Russian defense in Tartus shot down a US drone in the Eastern Mediterranean in Syrian airspace in retaliation for the downed su-22 and an Iranian drone, and the Americans tried save face by pretending it crashed in California. On the other hand, it may be just coincidence and these episodes are not connected, and shots were fired at other targets.
Turkish defence minister Fikri Isik said on 22 February that Turkey has made progress in talks with Russia for the purchase of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems. However, Isik noted that they were not yet ready to sign a contract.
Isik’s remarks came following a statement made by the CEO of Russia’s state-owned defence conglomerate Rostech on 20 February that Russia and Turkey are currently negotiating a deal for the purchase of the S-400 Triumf missile system.
The Russian Aerospace Forces will use Iran’s military infrastructure for operations against terrorists in Syria if Moscow and Tehran deem it necessary, Russian ambassador in the Islamic Republic Levan Dzhagaryan said in an interview with TASS.
“If the leadership of the two countries will consider it necessary to use the Iranian military infrastructure to combat terrorism in Syria or elsewhere, such steps will be taken,” the diplomat said.
Originally posted on Thai Military and Asian Region:
The S-400 Triumph (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is an air defence missile system developed by Almaz Central Design Bureau of Russia.…
Ever since it destroyed Syria’s anti-aircraft systems in 1982, Israel’s air force has enjoyed absolute aerial superiority (and therefore, almost complete freedom of action) on the northern front. But that effectively ended the moment Russia decided to beef up its aerial defenses around Tartus. Almost without effort, the Russians managed to restrict the strongest air force in the Middle East.
New Russian systems in Syria track every Israeli fighter right on takeoff, thus limiting operational freedom against Hezbollah
“First, S-400 systems have been there for a long time and this fact was taken calmly, no one said it was for a show,” she said in an interview with the Dozhd TV channel. “S-300 systems were deployed following leaks from experts close to the United States’ officials that cruise missiles could be used to bomb Syrian aerodromes, and these leaks probably were not groundless.”
“Taking into account the fact that our aerospace force is conducting an operation and our systems are deployed there, no one knows were a missile might fly. That’s why, an S-300 system was deployed,” she said.
“Therefore, any missile or air strikes on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen.”
“Russian air defense system crews are unlikely to have time to determine in a ‘straight line’ the exact flight paths of missiles and then who the warheads belong to. And all the illusions of amateurs about the existence of ‘invisible’ jets will face a disappointing reality,” Konashenkov added.