Russia Delivers Syria Anti-Aircraft System
Syria has reportedly
taken delivery of the first round of Russia's
advanced Pantsyr-S1E anti-aircraft missile and artillery
defense systems. Previously, Russia and Syria signed an agreement
to transfer 50 systems for $900 million; however, other sources
report 34-36 systems.
The Israeli military is concerned
the new system can down Israel's best jet fighters even
while flying over Israeli territory.
Radio adds that the deal is contingent on Syria’s
promisenot to resell or transfer the systems to other
countries like Iran or Lebanon. Jane’s Defense Weekly
reported in May that Syria had already set in motion a trade of ten
systems to Iran. Israel insists that Russia gave advanced
weapons to Hizb’Allah that were later used to target IDF tanks in
last summer’s Second Lebanon War. Russian Council member Vitaly
Shlykov denied the Israeli claims as “silly rumors,” The
Jerusalem Post reported.
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