TEL AVIV – While the entire Russian contract has yet to be delivered, Syria currently has deployed fully operational batteries of the advanced S-300 anti-aircraft system, a senior Syrian official claimed to WND.
The Syrian official would not say how many launchers or missiles were purportedly operational.
Last week, there were reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated in a television interview the Syrian government already had received a first shipment of S-300 air defense missiles from Russia and is waiting for more.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV sent a transcribed section of the interview to reporters stating that Assad declared Syria “has got the first batch of Russian S-300 missiles” and “the rest of the shipment will arrive soon.”
Citing Arab intelligence sources three weeks ago, WND was first to report that S-300 missile batteries had reached Syria. Israeli security sources said at the time there was no information to support the Arab claim.
Speaking to WND last week, the same Arab intelligence sources who first claimed S-300 batteries were already delivered to Syria now say other advanced Russian anti-aircraft missiles arrived in Syria in the last few days.
The sources said a Russian delivery of 9K720 Iskander missiles reached Syria last week. The system is an older version of the S-300.
Asked about the latest report, Israeli security officials did not immediately comment.