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Russia Sending Missile Systems to Shield Syria By ANDREW E. KRAMER Published: June 15, 2012 Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Share Print Reprints MOSCOW — Russia’s chief arms exporter said Friday that his company was shipping advanced defensive missile systems to Syria that could be used to shoot down airplanes or sink ships if the United States or other nations try to intervene to halt the country’s spiral of violence.
Mr. Isaykin, a powerful figure in Russia’s military industry, openly discussed the weapons being shipped to Syria: the Pantsyr-S1, a radar-guided missile and artillery system capable of hitting warplanes at altitudes well above those typically flown during bombing sorties, and up to 12 miles away; Buk-M2 antiaircraft missiles, capable of striking airplanes at even higher altitudes, up to 82,000 feet, and at longer ranges; and land-based Bastion antiship missiles that can fire at targets 180 miles from the coast.
Originally posted by 2012newstart
The preparedness of not only one but several landing ships shows Russia is preparing for a large scale operation. The marines are already in Tartus - they traveled with one of the ships that visited the port. So it is not only a squadron of Marines to be transported.
I wouldn't be surprised in Russia preempts any action of NATO in Syria, in the style of Kosovo airport incident.
TextBut their airborne, that's a different story. A dug in airborne division, especially in urban areas, would be a high cost affair to root out.