Russia’s New Missiles In Syria Can Reach Israel, Turkey, Cyprus

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Russia’s New Missiles In Syria Can Reach Israel, Turkey, Cyprus
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With reports that U.S. intelligence is trying to unleash an ISIS versus Russia war, Moscow has deployed an advanced anti-aircraft missile defense system to Syria with a range capable of reaching as far away as Israel, southern Turkey, Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean.

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Russia’s military unveiled photos of the S-400 Air Defense System being stationed at the Latakia Airbase on the Syrian coast. The S-400 system, known to NATO as the SA-21 “Growler,” is an upgrade of the S-300 anti-aircraft system, which Russia has recently agreed to sell to Tehran. The Russian-developed advanced missile system is capable of shooting down an aircraft at a maximum altitude of 90,000 feet, which is more than twice the altitude at which a cruising passenger airliner usually flies.

From the Latakia Airbase, which is heavily defended by Russian forces and the Syrian army, the S-400 Air Defense System, with a maximum range of 250 miles, can reach most of Syria’s territory, southern Turkey, Cyprus, the eastern Mediterranean as well as most of Israel’s territory. Russia’s Ministry of Defense invited about 50 foreign journalists to the site where the advanced missile system is stationed to show off its latest military development.

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Russian analyst Yury Barmin wrote on Twitter: “Alleged S400 complex radar was spotted at the Russian air base in Latakia. Another ‘accidental’ leak by Russia’s MoD.”

By saying “another accidental leak,” the analyst was referring to Wednesday’s broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the start of a nuclear arms race with the U.S., during which a secret document revealing Russia’s plans to develop a nuclear torpedo system was accidentally shown on state-owned television. After covering Putin’s announcement that Russia is developing strike systems capable of penetrating any missile defense shield, including U.S. missile defense shields, the Russian media outlet reported that the deadly nuclear weapon is designed to bypass NATO radars and all existing defense systems to hit coastal areas of the Alliance.

Deployment of S-400 in Syria is a threatening message to the U.S.

“By deploying S400 to Latakia, Russia sends signal to Turkey and Israel but also creates a shield over Syria’s coastal areas,” Barmin continued on his Twitter account.

Moreover, Russia’s advanced missile system is capable of intercepting cruise missiles and other potential airborne threats and presenting a serious threat to military aircraft such as the RAF Tornado and the U.S. Air Force F-15 and F-16. The S-400 Air Defense System is even capable of destroying the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor aircraft, according to Russian defense officials.

“Even if a plane is flying low and with the same speed as a vehicle moving on the ground, the radar will show it on the screen. For the S-400 there is no such thing as ‘stealth’ aircraft, the system will see it and will shoot it down,” a Russian missile commander told Sputnik News.

Russia’s defense ministry has said that over the past two days, Russian aircraft have carried out 85 combat sorties targeting 277 terrorist locations in Lattakia, Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Idib provinces. In Homs, Russia’s Su-24M bomber attacked an ISIS armored convoy, destroying two infantry fighting vehicles and three tanks. U.S. officials view the deployment of the S-400 Air Defense System as a threatening escalation of Russia’s air-defense capabilities in the Middle East. Explaining Russia’s stepped up air-defense capabilities in the Middle East, Russian foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Washington of efforts to bring regime change in Syria and other areas.

“Russia’s steps in the sphere of boosting defense are largely caused by the US activity, including the American nuclear potential improvement, deployment of the global missile defense system with a view to upsetting the strategic parity and bringing NATO infrastructure closer to Russian borders,” Zakharova told ITAR-TASS. “We cannot remain indifferent to this or ignore the attempts to undermine our security.”

Saturday peace talks on Syria: Russia’s plan leaked

This is something similar to what Vladimir Putin recently said when announcing the nuclear weapons race with the U.S.

“And the U.S. true goals are to neutralize the strategic nuclear potential of other nuclear states, except the United States and its allies, first of all, the nuclear potential of our country, Russia. Hence the desire to get decisive supremacy with all ensuing consequences,” Putin said on Wednesday.

The Russian President also assured the U.S. that Russia will “take all necessary measures” to beef up the potential of its strategic nuclear forces.

A day before peace talks on Syria are to be held in Vienna on Nov. 14, Russia’s plan was leaked and is now circulating at the UN. According to UN officials familiar with the leaked document, it contains “some indication of flexibility.” Russia’s leaked plan urges to establish a new constitution in the next 18 months, to organize a referendum and then presidential elections. However, the plan has no mention of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being removed from power in the interim, which is a key demand of the U.S.-backed opposition.

UN officials agree that presidential elections in Syria will be difficult to organize after four and a half years of bloodshed and 250,000 lives lost in that period. Furthermore, Assad is not eager to loosen his grip on power, but if he stays in power, the chances that the civil war will end are extremely low. In this case, Russia can either put an end to the ongoing war or unleash an all-out war with the U.S. and its allies.

Both scenarios can be achieved by Russia stepping up its airstrike campaign in Syria, in which it has predominantly targeted U.S.-backed rebel groups. According to U.S. intelligence, 85% of Russian airstrikes have targeted Syrian rebels so far.

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Polina Tikhonova is a writer, journalist and a certified translator. Over the past 7 years, she has worked for a wide variety of top European, American, Russian, and Ukrainian media outlets. Polina holds a Master's Degree in English Philology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Saint Petersburg State University. Her articles and news reports have been published by many newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs and online media sources across the globe. Polina is fluent in English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.
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28 COMMENTS

  1. The S-400 is a DEFENSIVE anti-aircraft missile system, it is not intended to attack, the article is meant to scare people it was written by an anti-Russian person to scare the ignorant.

  2. Its fine, that the s-400 are now in Syria defending the interest of that country not rebels. May the lord god give the Russian all the strength to wipe all the rebels in Syria. peace be unto you.

  3. Time is the teller of all… The world knows Russia has nuclear tipped torpedoes, is the S-400 nuclear tipped, does it separate into 2, 3 or 4 missiles, and others go on to the originating air base … Humbly, offered… All facts should be known, for once one of these missiles are used for destroying a target or targets, it is not a game, it is real life… and if nuclear equipped the missile does not have to even have a direct hit… Good Luck to all good people around the world…….

  4. Your right – Pal ! The World does live in the Land of Oz
    And the chicken is now running around screaming The Sky Is Falling With Nuclear Warheads
    I bet you say – The Chicken Will Be Wrong & Fear Mongering –
    Instead of a house – Russia Has A Nuclear Mushroom To Drop

    Go Suck On A – Sweet – Tart & Read Your History – Russia Has Been In The Nuke Game As Long As We Have.

  5. Idiotic, purposely misleading BS article and silly anti Russia propaganda. Russia’s S-400 is NOT an offensive weapon. It is solely designed for air defenses. How it could reach Israel, Turkey and Cyprus? US has over 800 military bases around the world with like air defense systems as S-400 that could reach Russia. Not to mention NATO with their air defense systems. But author of this silly and idiotic garbage article, conveniently “neglected” to mention this.

  6. What she expect us to do after reading this Article.Russian missile can take over the whole Middle east and threat to US F22.
    Does she have commons sense.

  7. Dear DJJG, America can NOT dare strike at Russia. Striking at Russia simply means World War 3 or the so-called apocalypse. America can ONLY plead with Russia.

  8. Sanddiegoway, you are the one of the most intelligent commentator I have seen. You are more intelligent than all those so called advanced society leaders of the so-called New World, or should I say you are more intelligent than those gullible minds that easily fall for the tricks of the western-controlled media. The U.S. leadership that authorised operations in Syria should be arrested and tried for war crimes. The U.N is a puppet organisation set up to oppress the oppressed.

  9. The silly fear mongering continues. She should write for the National Enquirer, or watch some George Carlin videos and get some REAL comic relief.

  10. I didn’t even read the article, I scrolled down first to see who wrote it and sure enough it was as I suspected, so I’m skipping it.

  11. It’s been refuted a hundred times already.
    Yet, given that polina tikhonova specializes in publishing inflammatory hate-spewing and/or fear-instilling anti-Russian garbage, it comes as little surprise to find it here, for hard facts are the last thing she cares about as long as the “Russia is bad” narrative, in whatever context, can be pompously presented.

  12. Where is all this powerful WMD leading to? The S400 is a game changer for the middle east and soon for the Baltic. America is to slow to react because they cannot believe that Russia is the de facto military superpower now residing in their sphere of influence. Saudi Arabia may soon have nightmares when they realise how powerful the Ayatollahs have become after a generation of US isolation.

  13. US lost ground long time ago, it took months fighting ISIS and Russia did it in few weeks to disable. Russia understand that US is now weak that’s why it invaded Ukraine and now in Syria with kind of weapons of war

  14. The US is quite capable of dealing with these missiles if need be. the Russians don’t have an unlimited number of them. Send in drones first then the Russians waste there missiles shooting down the drones then take out the launchers with anti-radiation missiles. And just because the Russians say they can shoot down an F-22 doesn’t make it so. Detecting a F-22 and getting a good missile lock are very different things.The F-22 would have very heavy jamming as well.

  15. I do love the story that the missiles can hit Israel. I guess the author missed the rockets which flew thousands of miles to hit targets in Syria. Does that author not understand that Russia does not need to get that close with the rockets. The rockets are to be used against Jet aircraft that the Russians plan on shooting down if they are unhappy. There is very little that anyone can do about it. Russia has about an equal number of nuclear weapons as the United States and all the NATO nations.

  16. Before we all get confused because journalists don’t understand weapons…these are defensive antiaircraft missiles that can only intercept aircraft invading Iranian air space. It’s pointless to produce a list of countries the missiles potentially “could fly to” because they don’t engage structures.

  17. The US has invaded Syria using a proxy army of psychopathic jihadists. It has introduced troops and is bombing a sovereign state without that states permission or the authorization of the UN. This is a violation of the UN charter. It is illegal under international law. The Russians are in Syria at the Syrian governments request. Their mission is to defeat ISIS and the US proxy army of jihadists.

    The Russian antiaircraft system is a defensive weapon. It is only a threat to countries seeking to bomb it. No country has the legal right to bomb Syria. Syria has every right to defend itself. Take a look at what American interventions in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have created. The Syrians know that if they don’t defend themselves they will suffer the same fate.

    Thank you Mr. Putin for attacking the terrorist vermin in Syria.

  18. This is propaganda … now a days there isnt a day without Russia being mentioned on news. Its like the U.S has a hard on to start conflict with Russia. So they invaded Georgia and Ukraine who gives a flying hoot.

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