- Russia now has two S-400 air defence systems deployed in Syria
- Located in the coastal mountain range, the second S-400 should provide better coverage of Syrian territory
Russia has deployed a second S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to Syria, a move that significantly increases its air defence capability in the region, satellite imagery has confirmed.
Airbus Defense and Space imagery acquired by Jane’s shows the system was deployed at a Syrian air defence complex in mountainous terrain 13 km northwest of Masyaf sometime between April and 17 July.
The same location was seen in a video the Russian Ministry of Defence released in November 2016 showing two Bastion-P launchers firing Oniks missiles at targets inside Syria. Those launchers are probably stored in nearby bunkers at the complex.
Like the S-400 that has been deployed at Humaymim Air Base 40 km to the northwest in Latakia province since November 2015, the second battery is made up of four transporter erector launchers (TELs), albeit not all of them appear to be loaded with four missile tubes; a 92N6 target engagement radar; and a 96L6 target acquisition radar.
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