Russia Deploys S-300 Missile Battery in Syria to Protect Naval Assets

© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the photo bankS-300VM Antei-2500 air defense system. (File)
S-300VM Antei-2500 air defense system. (File) - Sputnik International
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A battery of S-300 air defense systems has been delivered to Syria to protect a naval base in the port of Tartus as well as Russian warships deployed off the Syrian coast, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

S-300V and S-300VM anti-aircraft long distance missile systems showcased at the 2nd International Forum 'Engineering Technologies 2012' in Zhukovsky outside Moscow. - Sputnik International
US Officials Believe Russia Deployed S-300 Advanced Anti-Missile System to Syria
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to media reports, the variant deployed in Syria is S-300V4 (NATO designation SA-23 Gladiator), which is capable of striking tactical and strategic aircraft, medium-range ballistic missiles, tactical missiles, as well as cruise missiles.

"S-300 is solely a defensive system and does not pose any threat to anybody," spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

The system reportedly has a range of 250 kilometers (roughly 150 miles) and can simultaneously engage up to 24 aircraft or 16 ballistic targets in various combinations.

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