Today Russian militants annonced a deployment of a modern weapon system able to thwart possible cruise missile attack conducted be U.S. and could potentially change the alignment of forces in case if America intends to confront Assad`s regime by air operations.
Russia has deployed an advanced anti-missile system to Syria for the first time, three US officials tell Fox News. Such step was a result of impossibility to execute U.S. - Russian agreement on Syria and to provide a stable ceasefire between parties. Early America warned it is going to scrap negotiations with Russia in light of recent srikes on Aleppo.
It is difficult to determine real aims of this military decision, meanwhile such deployment surely will limit U.S. in its possible air operations in Syria and diminish the room for maneuver, officials claim.
Components of the S-300VM ‘Antey-2500' (SA-23 Gladiator in NATO classification) anti-missile and anti-aircraft system, which has a range of roughly 150 miles, arrived over the weekend "on the docks" of a Russian naval base along Syria's Mediterranean coastal city of Tartus, Fox News informs citing two US officials.
It is the first time Russia has deployed the SA-23 system outside its borders, according to one Western official citing a recent intelligence assessment. The missiles and associated components are still in their crates and are not yet operational, according to the officials.
Also the U.S. intelligence community assured it has been tracking the shipment of the SA-23 inside Russia in recent weeks, according to one official.