Russia stations state-of-the-art missile system in Syria after Turkey shot down its jet

Russia's move is largely strategic as it aims to strengthen its air defence system after Turkey downed a Sukhoi Su-24 jet near the Syrian-Turkish border on November 24.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 28, 2015 11:57 am


Russia, Syria, Russia missile system, Russia Syria, Russia Turkey missiles, Russia Triumf missiles Russian S-400 Triumf missile system stationed at Hmeymim airbase in Latakia, Syria. (Source: Ruptly)

Russia on Wednesday stationed one of its most advanced missile system in Syria’s Hmeymim airbase in Latakia.

The video reveals a closer look at the S-400 Triumf missile system that can destroy ballistic missiles within a range of up to 400 kilometres. Through its wide range of rockets and detection range of upto 600 km, the S-400 can shoot down tactical and strategic aircrafts. The missile system is so cutting edge that it can also hit low-flying targets at altitudes from five metres (16 ft) with a flying speed of up to 4.8 kilometres per second (17,280 kph).

Video: Russian airstrikes destroy IS oil tankers in northern Syria

(Source: Ruptly)

Russia’s move is laregely strategic as it aims to strengthen its air defence system after Turkey downed a Sukhoi Su-24 jet near the Syrian-Turkish border on November 24. The fighter jet was reportedly conducting a combat sortie against the Islamic State and other rebel groups.


On November 24, Turkey confirmed that it shot down a Russian warplane claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies.

Watch how Russian choppers prepare to bomb IS in Syria

President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet “a stab in the back” carried out by the accomplices of terrorists, saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara.

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  1. A
    Dec 26, 2015 at 8:17 pm
    Turkey confirmed shooting down the Russian jet on the 24th of November not December as stated in your article.
    1. D
      Dec 26, 2015 at 6:13 pm
      Perfect!! Teyyip cannot run with the hares and hunt with the hounds! The double game of helping Daesh won't be allowed to flourish by Putin.
      1. S
        Dec 27, 2015 at 1:33 am
        The situation in the Middle East is getting more and more convoluted. The Saudis are, ostensibly, fighting terrorism. Those whom they consider "terrorists" are, essentially, Shias backed by Iran and Russia. NATO is fighting both ad of Syria and the ISIS. Iran and Russia are fighting both anti ad rebels as well as ISIS. Turkey, along with ISIS, is fighting the Kurds and at the same, as a part of NATO, is supposed to be fighting ISIS. What is emerging is a double civil war in the Muslim world between two Wahhabi enies (Saudi and ISIS) and a sectarian war between Sunnis and Shias. And then, the third dimension is between Muslim and non-Muslim countries. In such a situation Turkey downing a Russian fighter jet and Russia deploying state of the art missile system is an escalation. What would happen if the Russian missile system is knocked out or if Russia shoots down Turkish or NATO planes?
        1. H
          Himanshu Verma
          Dec 27, 2015 at 9:31 am
          the cover Pic is of the Pantsir-S1 missile system. nest time You lift images via google, do take the pains to fill the search box with the complete and correct key words
          1. B
            Dec 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm
            Another attack by Turkey on Russian jets will bring destruction to Turkey. Turkey learned it hard way, perhaps.
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