An American official has said that the US military is very concerned about Russia’s deployment of an advanced missile defense system to Syria
The Kremlin announced that it is sending S-400 anti-aircraft missiles to the Khmeimim airbase at Latakia following the downing of a Russian warplane inside Syria by Turkish jets on Tuesday. The airbase is just 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the border with Turkey.
Press TV report:
A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday the S-400 poses a significant threat. He said the planned deployment is raising “significant concerns” for the US military, which is conducting airstrikes in Syria.
“It’s a capable weapons system that poses a significant threat to anyone,” the official told AFP. “There are significant concerns related to air operations in Syria.”
The S-400 has a range of about 400 kilometers and can destroy tactical and strategic aircraft as well as ballistic and cruise missiles.