Russia Sends Anti-Missile System to Syria

By Jason Devaney   |   Monday, 03 Oct 2016 08:35 PM

Russia has stepped up its military presence in Syria by sending an anti-missile system to the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.

The weapon system — called the SA-23 — arrived on Syrian soil in Tartus over the weekend at a Russian naval base, according to Fox News. Fox cites an official who said this marks the first time Russia has deployed the advanced weapon outside of its borders.

The weapon’s range is about 150 miles. Officials told Fox the weapon has not yet been assembled and is still sitting in its shipping crate.

The weapon, according to Fox, might be used against U.S. cruise missile attacks on Syria.

Last fall after a Turkish military jet downed a Russian warplane in Turkish airspace, Russia deployed an S-400 air defense system to Syria to supplement its military actions there.

Russia has been conducting military operations on targets within Syria since last September. The U.S. and Syria suspended diplomatic contacts Monday regarding their actions in Syria. Russia, the U.S. government said, did not follow the terms of a cease-fire agreement that was signed last month.

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S-300VM Antey-2500 SA-23 air defense missile system


The Antey-2500 is a long-range air defense missile system. It is a downgraded export version of the Russian S-300VM. Western reporting name for this system is SA-23 Gladiator/Giant. The main role of the Antey-2500 is to protect task forces and vital industrial and military installations against massed air attacks. It can engage short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, precision guided weapons, strategic and tactical aircraft, as well as early warning and electronic warfare aircraft. Two battalions of these air defense systems have been exported to Venezuela. These were delivered in 2013. Currently the Antey-2500 air defense system is being produced for another undisclosed customers. It is likely to be Egypt or Iran. Estimated export price of this system is 1 billion dollars.

   Recently it has been reported that production of all S-300 series missiles, including export versions, will be stopped in Russia in favor to the newer S-400. So Venezuela might be the first and only customer of this missile system.


   The Antey-2500 is a mobile air defense system. All of its elements are mounted on special tracked chassis. The Antey-2500 is considered a survivable system. Once all the missiles are launched the launcher vehicles can briefly redeploy. It uses  shoot, scoot and hide tactics in order to avoid being destroyed.

   This system can engage ballistic missiles at a range of 250 km and aircraft at a range of 200 km. It can reach targets at altitude of up to 30 km. This air defense system can engage up to 24 aircraft or up to 16 ballistic missiles simultaneously.

   The Antey-2500 uses two different missiles. The missiles are largely common in design. Both missiles are intended to engage aerial and ballistic targets. A smaller 9M83ME missile is used against aircraft, cruise missiles and smaller ballistic missiles. The larger 9M82ME missile is used to engage intermediate-range ballistic missiles, AWACS and jamming aircraft at ranges of up to 250 km. Warheads of both missiles are packed with 150 kg of explosives.

   Once equipped with smaller 9M83ME missiles is referred in the West as the SA-23A Gladiator. When equipped with larger 9M82ME missiles it is referred as the SA-23B Giant.

   A battery of the Antey-2500 typically includes up two six launchers in two variants, command post vehicle, surveillance radar, sector surveillance radar, and up to 6 reloading vehicles/launchers in two variants. Comparing with the older S-300V the Antey-2500 has new command post vehicle and new radars. Source

Comparison with other systems

Official designation of unit S-300PMU S-300PMU1 S-300PMU2 S-300VM/S-300V4 Patriot PAC-2  Patriot PAC-3
Range of,
aerodynamic target 5–90 5–150 3–200 200 (400) 3–96 15, at most 20 / 0.3-20
ballistic targets at most 35 at most 40 5–40 40 20 15–45 (20) possible max 50
Height defeat,
aerodynamic target 0.025–27 0.01–27 0.01–27 0.025–30 /?-37 0.06–24 15
ballistic targets (?) (?) 2–25 1–30 3–12 15(?).15, possible max 20.
Maximum target speed, m/s 1,150, at most 1,300 (for the escort 3000) at most 2,800 (for the escort 10000) at most 2,800 4,500 of ballistic targets at most 2,200 at most 1,600
Maximum speed of the rocket complex, m/s at most 2,000 2000 1,900 2,600 and 1,700/7.5M or 9M and (?) 1,700 (?) approximately 1,500
Number of simultaneously guided anti-aircraft missiles by one unit at most 12 at most 12 at most 72 48 (?) / 96 (?) at most 24 (?)
Number of simultaneously engaged targets by one unit at most 6 at most 6 at most 36 at most 24 at most 8 at most 8
Mass of a rocket, kg 1,400–1,600 (?) 330–1,900 (?) 900 312
Warhead weight, kg 150 (?) 180 (?) 91 74
Minimum time between missile launches, seconds 3–5 3–5 3 (0 at start from differentCARRIERS MISSILES) 1.5 (0 at start from differentCARRIERS MISSILES) 3–4 (1 at start from differentCARRIERS MISSILES) (?)
The set up time and clotting time of startingcomplex, mins 5 5 5 5 15/30 15/30(?)
Means of transportation Wheeled Wheeled Wheeled CATERPILLAR semi trailer semi trailer



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