“We don’t have to give a precise number now, because as you know it’s military information, but I can tell you more than fifty percent,” Assad said of the destroyed air defense systems.
He explained the systems’ inability to take down US Tomahawk missiles on April 7 as “technically complicated because the missile must see its target.”
The Syrian government forces currently possess Soviet-made S-200 surface-to-air missile systems, also known as SA-5. The Soviet air defense complex is aimed to defend large spaces from potential enemy’s bombers and other strategic aircraft.
“Technically, it’s complicated, because the missile must see its target, let’s say, our missile, and to see it you need a radar that can see every angle of the country which is impossible because you’re talking about terrain and topography, and as you know the cruise missiles use [the] terrain in order to hide from the radar,” Assad said.
Terrorist attacks were the second reason behind the Syrian air defense system’s inability to shoot down the Tomahawks, Assad added.
Source: News Now/Sputnik