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Syria: See the moment the S-400s arrived in Latakia02:14

Syria: See the moment the S-400s arrived in Latakia

Syrian Arab Republic, Latakia
November 26, 2015 at 17:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

One of Russia's most advanced air defence systems, the S-400 Triumf, was deployed to Hmeymim Air Base in Syria on Thursday, after being carried by plane to the military facilities.

The Triumf system, also called the SA-21 Growler, is capable of detecting and destroying aircraft at a range of 400 kilometres. The surface-to-air missile defence system can be loaded with at least three types of missiles, which can track 300 targets simultaneously.

It joins the Moskva missile cruiser, which has already been deployed just off the coast of Latakia to provide additional air cover. The move won the backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin after Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu called for it to be sent to Syria following the downing of Su-24 aircraft by the Turkish Air Force.

The Sukhoi Su-24 was involved in Russia's air campaign against the Islamic State and was on a mission when it was attacked by a Turkish F-16 with air-to-air missiles.

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One of Russia's most advanced air defence systems, the S-400 Triumf, was deployed to Hmeymim Air Base in Syria on Thursday, after being carried by plane to the military facilities.

The Triumf system, also called the SA-21 Growler, is capable of detecting and destroying aircraft at a range of 400 kilometres. The surface-to-air missile defence system can be loaded with at least three types of missiles, which can track 300 targets simultaneously.

It joins the Moskva missile cruiser, which has already been deployed just off the coast of Latakia to provide additional air cover. The move won the backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin after Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu called for it to be sent to Syria following the downing of Su-24 aircraft by the Turkish Air Force.

The Sukhoi Su-24 was involved in Russia's air campaign against the Islamic State and was on a mission when it was attacked by a Turkish F-16 with air-to-air missiles.

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