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PHOTOS: Syrian military deploys upgraded anti-aircraft systems at key base south of Damascus

1 January 2018 16:00


Syrian air defense forces have deployed heavily-upgraded surface-to-air missile systems to protect a key military installation south of Damascus city.

According to reports from Syrian conflict military analysts, the Syrian air defense forces have deployed several heavily-modified S-125 Pechora batteries (a Soviet-designed system originally built in the 1960s) to the Marj Ruhayyil airbase located south of Damascus city.

The modernized variant in question is reportedly the M2 version of the S-125 Pechora, which in addition to having an improved kill probability record, is technically capable of tracking and intercepting low-flying cruise missiles.

The satellite picture (seen above) provided by sources reporting the deployment is claimed as proof of it happening.

If true, the upgrading of the Marj Ruhayyil base’s local air defense network is likely a response to the increased number of air attacks carried out by Israeli warplanes against Syrian military assets in the province of Damascus and neighboring regions over the course of 2017.

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