Russia's Syria's S-300
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday October 9, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
People have been asking question after question about the Russian delivery of new S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria.
So here are some of the details.
Russia has delivered three sets of the S-300 with eight launchers each. They have also provided Syria with one hundred missiles. According to TASS, a Russian news agency, the cost to Syria for all of this was - nothing, zip, zero. The Russians threw in, at no cost, an entire staff of people to operate the S-300.
Syria will need the assistance. The Russians have not yet instructed them on how to operate these weapons. It will take at least a year to learn enough to be competent on the system.
And that is why it is almost certain that the operators who shot down the Russian military plane that killed 15 Russian soldiers - were Russia technicians.
One last point. The S-300's now in Syria came from a location that has since been restocked with newer and better S-400s.
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