For the first time, Russia has deployed S-300VM advanced anti-ballistic missile systems to Syria, Fox News reported, citing three US officials.
The officials said the anti-ballistic missile systems, which have a range of 150 miles, arrived over the weekend at the Russian naval base in the Syrian city of Tartus.
US intelligence had observed the shipment of S-300VMs inside Russia in recent weeks.
Though the purpose of sending the systems to Syria remains unclear, though as one US official sarcastically asked, “Nusra doesn’t have an air force do they?”
The system is designed to defeat several different potential threats, including short and medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft, and precision-guided munitions.