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Syria: Russian S-400 missile defence system active at Hmeymim airbase01:54

Syria: Russian S-400 missile defence system active at Hmeymim airbase

Syrian Arab Republic, Hmeymim Airbase, Latakia
December 24, 2015 at 19:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage taken on Thursday reveals a closer look at Russia's S-400 Triumf air defence missile system which is currently stationed at the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia.

The S-400 missile system is one of Russia's most modern anti-aircraft systems and is able to destroy cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of up to 400 kilometres (248 miles). The S-400 is also capable of destroying tactical and strategic aircraft through its wide range of rocket types.

The system's radar provides a detection range of up to 600 kilometres (373 miles). Some missiles can hit low-flying targets at altitudes from five metres (16 ft) with a flying speed of up to 4.8 kilometres per second (17,280 kph).

Moscow deployed the S-400 Triumf system in Syria in order to strengthen its air defences after Turkey downed a Sukhoi Su-24 jet near the Syrian-Turkish border on November 24. The Sukhoi Su-24 was conducting a combat sortie against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other militant groups when it was shot by a Turkish F-16 jet.

Syria: Russian S-400 missile defence system active at Hmeymim airbase01:54
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Footage taken on Thursday reveals a closer look at Russia's S-400 Triumf air defence missile system which is currently stationed at the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia.

The S-400 missile system is one of Russia's most modern anti-aircraft systems and is able to destroy cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of up to 400 kilometres (248 miles). The S-400 is also capable of destroying tactical and strategic aircraft through its wide range of rocket types.

The system's radar provides a detection range of up to 600 kilometres (373 miles). Some missiles can hit low-flying targets at altitudes from five metres (16 ft) with a flying speed of up to 4.8 kilometres per second (17,280 kph).

Moscow deployed the S-400 Triumf system in Syria in order to strengthen its air defences after Turkey downed a Sukhoi Su-24 jet near the Syrian-Turkish border on November 24. The Sukhoi Su-24 was conducting a combat sortie against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other militant groups when it was shot by a Turkish F-16 jet.

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