Russia deploys S-400 anti-aircraft missiles in Syria

Moscow, Nov 26 (IANS) Russia has deployed a sophisticated S-400 missile system at the Hmeimim airbase of the Russian air force operating in Syria, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment in order to raise its air defence capability following the downing of a Russian Su-24 warplane by Turkey on Tuesday, which the Kremlin said has dealt a “devastating” blow to bilateral ties.

The S-400 Triumf, a new generation anti-aircraft missile system, is capable of hitting an airborne target at a distance of up to 400 km with medium- and long-range missiles.

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