Syria likely to purchase additional Russian air defence systems


Syria is considering purchasing a complete range of advanced air defence systems from Russia, a source in the Russian defence industry has revealed.

RIA Novosti quoted the source as saying, "Syria and some other countries are interested in long-range S-300 Favorit systems, medium-range Buk and short-range Tor."

The nation also hopes to receive MiG-29SMT fighters, Yak-130 combat trainers, Iskander tactical missile systems and two Amur-1650 class diesel submarines from Russia.

"We hope that the current political crisis in Syria will not affect the sales of Russian weaponry to that country," the source added.

Syria is a major importer of Russian weapons that include MiG-29M fighter jets, Pantsir S1E and Buk-M2E air-defence systems.

Russia previously confirmed that it would honour a 2007 contract and will deliver Yakhont (SS-N-26) supersonic cruise missiles to Syria.