MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia has denied reports that it successfully tested its new missile defence system, the S-500 Prometev, in Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting MEMO.
It was previously reported that sources within the Russian Defence Ministry informed the Russian daily newspaper Izvestia that the test firing of the new system took place in Syria yesterday, with experts noting “certain problems” with the equipment before immediately fixing them and declaring the tests as having been successful.
Hours later, however, the Russian military denied that any tests were conducted, claiming that the system needs to be tested in difficult climatic conditions in order to properly test its effectiveness, making Syria a non-ideal terrain.
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Russia’s state-owned Tass News Agency quoted the armed forces as stating that “The S-500 is designed to combat ballistic and aerodynamic targets at long ranges. There was no need for testing the S-500 anti-aircraft missile system in the Syrian Arab Republic.” It also pointed out that there are already a variety of Russian air defence systems within Syria, such as the S-400, Pantsr-S1, Tor-M2, and Su-35S, which are all active and currently protecting the Russian military and its interests.