BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military will begin using the Russian-made S-300 air defense system in March, the Russia-based Kommersant publication reported on Monday.

According to Kommersant, the Syrian military is completing their training exercises with the S-300 and are not ready to use them in combat.

A member of the Russian Federation Council’s defence and security committee, Franz Klintsevich, said the Syrian crews are currently undergoing training, adding that “the Israeli warplanes are now striking Syria because they are still outside the Syrian air defense range, but after the deployment of the S-300, no one will be able to escape them”.

Kommersant said that it would be possible for one air defense battalion in Damascus to use the S-300, which is important for the Syrian military because the Israeli Air Force often targets the capital and its surroundings.

In October 2017, the first S-300 system was delivered to Syria as part of an agreement with the Russian Federation.

The Russian military delivered the S-300 system in response to the downing of their IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft that was flying along the Syrian coast.

The Russian Ministry of Defense accused Israel of using the IL-20 for cover during their attack on the Latakia countryside in September.

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Gregory Casey

Should the story not refer to October 2018 rather than 2017 for delivery of first Russian S-300 System to Syria?

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gzman501 .

Yes, you are right. If I remember correctly, when the S-300s arrived, it was stated at the time it would take 3 months to train the Syrians to use the system. March will be 5 months.

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It;s very interesting that Putin and Erdogan just met and talked over Syrian conflict. Most troublesome words said from Putin regarding Syria is that “everything is going according the plan”. So, we will see…

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And will probably end in March 2019 after all S-300 batteries had been demolished minutes after having entered service in SyADF.

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Karel Vd Geest

The incident of october 2018 was caused by syrian personnel using the s 200 system unproffessionally. Was that crew untrained also?

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Just a typo error which happens a the time. English as a second language so expect the odd mistake.

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Karel Vd Geest

A weak point as the numbers are arabic. English, and all of the west, use arab numbers, who got them from the indians.

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Peter Wallace

Instead of reading 12 Israeli aircraft attack Syria and return home wouldn’t it be nice to read 12 Israeli aircraft blown out of the skies over Lebanon. All 12 pilots are being well cared for by Hezbollah. Israel is in the process of upgrading their fighter aircraft and need too get rid of their old aircraft. Syria need to take the friendly approach and help them.

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“the Israeli warplanes are now striking Syria because they are still outside the Syrian air defense range”
=> This is a blatant lie! S-200VE in use in SyADF ranges 240km! The missiles delivered with S-300 to Syria only range 10km more.

“but after the deployment of the S-300, no one will be able to escape them”.
=> Wanna bet? Russians already bragged about Pantsir being undefeatable…
If Klintsevich already tells lies about SyADF’s missiles range…

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Telling the Israelis that the S-300 systems aren’t working yet but will be operational some time in March just makes it more likely that Israel will fly as many missions as possible against targets in Syria between now and whenever the first S-300 site becomes operational. Whether they will attempt to take out any of those sites remains to be seen but I would expect the Israelis to have contingency plans in place. In any case, as the Jerusalem Post reports, the Israelis have seen the S-300 already, and have trained to counter it, in Greece.

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Why-hasnt-Syria-used-the-S-300-578172