Syria received ‘Modernized’ S-300 system : Russian report

Moscow,Oct 19 (UNI) Russia supplied advanced S-300 air defence system to Syria.The report was published in Russian newspaper citing Defence ministry sources.

Izvestiya, a Russian newspaper cited Russian Defense Ministry official saying, new system has advanced radars and high ability to identify targets as well as defeating electronic warfare systems,reports Sputnik International.
The S-300 PM-2 system is able to handle fifth-generation fighter jets and can intercept not only short-range ballistic missiles, but also medium-range rockets of up to 250 kilometers (155 miles).It also boasts improved anti-jamming capability, report stated.

Contrary to media reports, the S-300PM-2 currently deployed in Syria will not be operated by Iranians because the only specialists who can operate this system are in Russia, the source told the newspaper.

Iranians have never operated such systems because the S-300PMU-2 supplied to Iran is an export version with a simplified circuit and control modes compared to the S-300PM-2.

The source noted that the automatic control system on the export PMU-2 version does not allow it to interact with Russian air defense systems that have been transferred to the Syrian armed forces.

On September 17, Russia announced the supply of S-300 air defense missiles to Syria after a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane was mistakenly shot down by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli air raid.

In early October, Russia donated to Syria three battalion sets of S-300 missile systems of eight launchers each of which had been repaired in Russia where they had been used before being replaced by the more advanced S-400 system.

The Russian Defense Ministry then said that it would take three months to train Syrian specialists to operate the missile system

Meanwhile, officials from the Russian Defense Ministry denied that Iranian forces are operating the new system.
The S-300PM-2 system entered service with the Russian army in the 2010s. 

In December 2015, the first regiment S-300PM-2 took over combat duty to protect the airspace of the country’s central industrial region.