Russia sent to Syria for additional, more advanced anti-aircraft and anti-missile system, a us official said.
The system is not yet operational. This is a new, modified version of the s-300VM, also known as the SA-23. It significantly expands the possibilities of defense of Russia in North-West Syria. The official said that this development is "disturbing."
There are three scenarios where it can be installed in the field in North-West Syria, said a U.S. official. Two sites are considered to be quite normal - the airport Bassel al Assad and Masyaf. However, the third is a mountainous district of Baniyas in North Western Syria, and it will create many problems for American pilots.
If the PRO will be set at a fairly high altitude, its radar can "see" through the mountains, allowing Russia to cover more territory that would stretch to the East of gyÅ‘r Ezzor. Gyor Ezzor, which is about 270 miles East of Damascus, sits very close to the area where ISIS are operating.
For several months, the Russians have air defence that allows them to see what is happening in the North from the Turkish border, so it expands the envelope militarily meaningful way.
American officials believe that the Russians probably want to expand your air defense to demonstrate to the world that they are in control of the Syrian regime.
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