BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Syria may replace the Russian-made S-300 air defense system with the Chinese-made HQ-9, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported on Friday.

“A number of Syrian sources report that Syria has begun negotiations with China regarding the purchase of the Chinese H-9 air defense systems (according to other sources – HQ-22) instead of the Russian S-300 system, which so far has shown zero effectiveness in repelling Israeli attacks,” the publication reported.

“The source indicates the fact that at the moment the negotiations concern the gratuitous supply of Chinese air defense systems to Syria, however, at the same time, the acquisition of these anti-aircraft missile systems was not excluded. The reason for the negotiations is the impossibility of using the Russian S-300, since the latter is controlled by the Russian military, however, there are other reasons, in particular, Damascus intends to deploy Chinese HQ-9 throughout Syria, thereby completely covering the airspace above the territory of the country,” they added.

Syria has yet to comment on these claims; however, if true, this could be a boost for the Syrian air defenses, as they already have the Russian-made S-300 system.

 

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S-300 deployed in Syria is only symbolic..it is to save the face of Putin after IL-20 attack as he has ties with Netanyahu for economic reasons( as the jew dont allow arab gas pipeline through Israel to EU) ..but Syria need S-300(HQ9) to protect Northeast Syria and Damascus!

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Actually, it were Arabs who did cut the former Brit pipeline to Haifa’s harbour! Israel has a common pipeline system with Egypt and Jordan. Considering how, despite no embassies, relations have evolved, I don’t think that oil pipelines from KSA, UAE, Bahrain and Koweit going through Jordan would be issues. Actually, the very one not having interest to see gas pipelines coming from joint Qatar/Iran North-Dome/South-Pars (biggest known gas field on Earth) reaching the EU is EU’s biggest gas supplier, namely… Russia. And the decision to remove Assad by force was taken after he opposed the transit of the Qatari… Read more »

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@death 2, Poland was warned not to cut pipelines. The promise of a gas harbor is a fake to bribe Poland. You would build a gas terminal closest to the main consuming countries.

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@RH 45, on gas Israel works together with Egypt, Cyprus etc.
They all want to sell to EU and bar others.

So You mean Gulf Arabs are bared from gas exports by the Syrian pipeline wars and politics.

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Sounds good. The S-300 was a farce, the Russian where commanding over it, not letting the Syrians take any decisions alone…..and watching israel destroying and killing as they please.

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If S-300 is a farce, you obviously don’t know of what HQ-9 is made

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prince teutonic

We’ll se if US threatens China with sanctions if they sell Syria HQ-9 air-defense system…

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I don’t think that China falls under the CAASTA law at the present day. They didn’t interfered in US or other NATO countries elections 😉

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Smart Move. F… you Russia and your dirty political games no ally should trust Russia.

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LOL! I’d rather trust the CIA than China… And It’s well known that the moment you start to trust the CIA, you’ve put one foot in your grave… You should really investigate more on what China is doing with its partners… Or what they did in Cambodia… Never heard about the Khmer Rouge? Chinese proxies baby. Iran was interested to buy 2 squadrons of Chengdu J-10. China was OK, but Beijing didn’t wanted money! As a payment, they wanted the control of Iran’s biggest oil field for 30 years… 😉 +++ “the negotiations concern the gratuitous supply of Chinese air… Read more »

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Bryon Wilson

The Russian S300 is a useless system. It was all hype and no action.
It has proven it’s impotence in Syria.
China is a much better bet.

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HQ-9 is a Chinese copy of S-300… And guess what? You’ve surely heard about the Chengdu J-10, haven’t you? Now look at it: http://image.chinatopix.com/data/images/full/105710/kissing-cousins.jpg Looks familiar? IAI Lavi, 1986/1987… Made in… Israel… Nope, China didn’t stole the blue-prints. The J-10 is license-built. It wasn’t far Israel started to deliver AWACS to China : Israel modified Chinese-owned IL-76 into KJ-2000 But Yankees went really mad about it, so Israel had to send back the KJ-2000 but without the 3 radars into the radome and other linked systems. You’d be surprised about weapons deals between China and Israel, and some other western… Read more »

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George King

A Win-Win move, Chain needs to test hem in real combat.

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With Avia.Pro, I wouldn’t bet on anything serious : 1. He doesn’t even knows if it’s about HQ-9 or HQ-22. These are very different systems : HQ-9 : HQ-22 2. he doesn’t even knows if it’s about a sale, a present or some barter… No numbers provided about the contract, how many batteries, which exact model (HQ-9 has 12 variants, HQ-22 has 5…) 3. If well placed, two S-300 batteries can cover the full Syrian territory. 4. If Syria bought S-300, these are not controlled by the Russian militaries. 5. S-300 can’t show zero efficiency since you have to do… Read more »

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I don’t even bother to read your comments, anything coming from you is a thumbs down, even if i agree ;}