Russia has donated to Syria three battalion sets of S-300PM missile systems of eight launchers each, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Monday.
“On October 1, three battalion sets of S-300PM systems of eight launchers each were delivered to Syria,” the source said.
“These systems were previously deployed at one of the Russian aerospace forces’ regiments which now uses the S-400 Triumf systems. The S-300 systems underwent capital repairs at Russian defense enterprises, are in good condition and are capable of performing combat tasks,” the source said, adding that the S-300PM systems were handed over to the Syrian side free of charge.
According to the source, along with the launchers Russia delivered more than 100 surface-to-air guided missiles for each battalion.
An agreement on supplies of Russian S-300 missile defense systems to Syria was signed as far back as 2010 but was later frozen. Following the incident with the Russia Ilyushin-20 reconnaissance plane over the Mediterranean, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on September 24, 2018, that Russia would supply S-300 systems to the Syrian army to reinforce its combat capacities. On October 2, Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the S-300 systems had reached Syria.
On Tuesday, Shoigu said Russia had supplied Syria with 49 pieces of equipment as part of the S-300 delivery intended to boost the security of the Russian task force in that country. The equipment included radars, control vehicles, and four launchers. According to the minister, the delivery was finished a day ago.
The S-300 is an air defense missile system able to eliminate advanced aircraft, including planes using stealth technology, medium-range ballistic missiles, tactical and cruise missiles, and also airborne early warning and control (AWACS/AEW&C) aircraft as well as reconnaissance and strike systems.