The Russian task force in Syria has created a unified air defense network using advanced S-300 and S-400 “Triumf” surface-to-air missile systems, which can reliably defend the nation against aerial attacks both on land and at sea, commander of the Russian military group in the country Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov said on Friday.
“A unified air defense system that provides reliable protection both on land and at sea has been created jointly with Russian troops in Syria’s air defense forces using modern S-300 and S-400 systems,” he said.
The commander added that close interoperability was established between the system set up by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the country’s own Bastion coastal defense systems.
Russia deployed S-400 missile systems at its airbase in Syria in 2015 following the downing of a Russian Su-24 Fencer by a Turkish F-16 fighter on November 24.
‘In October 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry said a battery of S-300 air defense systems had been delivered to Syria to protect a naval facility in the port of Tartus as well as protect Russian warships deployed off the Syrian coast.
Addressing the activity of the Russian naval group in Syria, the commander noted that all kinds of defense and joint-force team play were mastered during the use of planes from both the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and Hmeymim Airbase in Latakia.
Earlier in the day, the General Staff announced the start of the reduction of the Russian group in Syria. The Admiral Kuznetsov is to depart for Russia later on Friday.
Kartapolov declared that the naval group of the Northern Fleet had accomplished its combat tasks, having destroyed 1,252 terrorist targets in Syria over two months.
Russia has been conducting a military operation against terrorists in Syria since September 30, 2015, at the request of President Bashar Assad.
The Russian-Turkish intergovernmental commission will soon broach the issue of delivering S-400 Triumf air-defense systems to Ankara.
LISBON. The issue of the S-400 Triumf air-defense systems’ deliveries to Turkey will be discussed at a meeting of the Russian-Turkish intergovernmental commission to be held in the near future in Russia, Alexander Fomin, the director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), said.
“In the near future, a meeting of the intergovernmental commission will be held in Russia,” Fomin told reporters. Answering a follow-up question, he confirmed that the issue of the S-400 systems’ deliveries could be discussed at the meeting.
The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.
Turkey canceled last November its $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a domestic missile defense system announced in 2009.
Russia may fulfill a contract on deliveries of long-range S-400 Triumf air defense systems to China by 2020, Alexander Fomin, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said Monday.
STRELNA (Russia), Moscow and Beijing reportedly signed the contract on the delivery of up to six S-400 systems (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler) to China in April last year. The details of the deal have not been disclosed.
The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at short-to-extremely long range. It is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.
India has signed many defense deals with Russia despite a strong financial crunch. Out of its deals it has accorded top priority to the purchase of the S-400 which it expects to be signed by the beginning of the next financial year.
New Delhi — Government sources told Sputnik that the crucial parts of the S-400 deal are in their final draft and the deal is expected to be signed by the first month of the next financial year in April 2017. India signed an agreement for the purchase of $4.5 billion worth of S-400 Triumph air defense systems during the annual meeting between India and Russia in Goa.
Sources say that India’s funding crunch may be the reason for the delay in the signing of final deal this year. A recent report by domestic brokerage ICICI Securities indicated the financial problems of the Indian government.
“The amount earmarked for new purchases is so low that it has been exhausted in just one purchase alone, the Rafale fighter, whose 15% signing advance amounts to $ 1.3 billion. Additional allocations are now required for fresh acquisitions over the remaining half of financial year 2016-17,” the report read.
Amit Cowshish, Former financial advisor to the Ministry of Defense, said, “While, I don’t know if sufficient funds are not available, I wonder why India would have gone ahead and finalized the deal if that is true and there is no money to pay.”
ICICI securities stated that 90% of the budgeted defense spending goes towards payments for already announced projects. Last week, Manohar Parrikar, Indian Minister of Defense, indicated that country would sign defense deals worth close to $9 billion in next six months. Parrikar stated that during the past 23 months, India had signed contracts worth $ 34 billion.
Russia and India signed Saturday a deal on the deliveries of S-400 Triumf air defense systems on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa.
Russia and India signed Saturday a deal on the deliveries of S-400 Triumf air defense systems and other equipment to India at a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa.
The intergovernmental deal on constructing the Project 11356 frigates in Russia and India and the intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in ensuring security in the sphere of information technologies were also signed as a result of the bilateral meeting.
Besides, the states signed agreements on establishing a joint production of Ka-226T helicopters.