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).
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.
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.