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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Can Russian S-300s Down Hostile Stealth Warplanes?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
It's a mute point unless and until tested in battle. With Israel vowing to continue terror-bombing Syrian targets, the answer will likely be forthcoming.
If US-made F-22s and F-35s can be detected in fight and downed, they'll no longer be able to operate in Syrian airspace unhindered.
Russia is mainly concerned about protecting the safety of its personnel in Syria. Measures its Defense Ministry took intend guaranteeing it.
S-300 launchers and related military equipment supplied to Syria can only protect a portion of the country's airspace, more of it by Russian-installed S-400s and related air defense systems.
It's unclear what type S-300s were installed for Syrian military use. According to the Saker, older models dating from the late 1970s are far less effective than newer ones, adding:
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