Source: Missile systems shipped to Syria protect Russian air force group

The air defense system includes modernized Osa, S-125 Pechora-2M and S-200said.

Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery systems and Buk-M2E medium-range anti-aircraft systems that Russia has shipped to Syria are currently serving to protect the Latakia airbase from possible terrorist attacks from the ground and from the air, a military-diplomatic source told Interfax-AVN on Nov. 5.

"A joint air defense system has been set up in Syria with Russia's participation, which protects all military and strategically important civilian sites, including the Latakia airfield, where the Russian air group is based now," the source aid.

The joint air defense system in Syria also includes modernized Osa, S-125 Pechora-2M, S-200, and other systems, he said.

"The combination of these weapons guarantees the defense of a protected facility not only from attacks from the air but also from missile strikes. This system has been built similarly to Israel's Iron Dome," he said in commenting on Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev's statement that Russia had shipped air defense systems to Syria.

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