VIDEO; A look at Russian Defense Systems in Syria including S-300, S-400 and Moskva

Fri Dec 18, 2015 14:21:25

Russia guided missile cruiser Moskva deployed to Syria’s port of Latakia and stationed advanced surface-to-air also cutting-edge S-400 air defense missiles system after Su-24 downing by Turkey at a Russian Khmeimim airbase near the city.

Both the S-400 and the cruiser are protecting the Russian base, from which Russian warplanes fly anti terrorist missions in Syria, from a possible aerial attack.

They were deployed in response to the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighter jets near the border, an incident that resulted in two Russian troops killed. Ankara claimed that it acted to protect its airspace after a 17-second incursion, an allegation that Moscow denied.

The S-400 is the latest generation of Russian mobile anti-aircraft systems. Its radar can lock on targets flying at up to 17,000kph, good enough to engage tactical ballistic missiles, and has a range of up to 400km, depending on the interceptor missiles used.

From Latakia the S-400 battery can cover most parts of Syria as well as entire Lebanon, northern parts of Jordan and Israel and a good part of southern Turkey.

The Moskva has the naval version of S-400’s predecessor, the S-300F anti-aircraft system, which has a relatively short range of 75km or 150km, depending on the missile used. In total there are 64 missiles.

The cruiser also has short-range surface-to-air missile, two kinds of ship cannons, torpedo launchers, depth charge launchers and its main weapon – the P-1000 Vulkan anti ship guided missiles.

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