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Russian air defence just got better

Earlier this month Moscow supplied S-300 air defense systems to Syria after the downing of a Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft. But the feared S-300 is not the only weapon in the country's arsenal that worries its enemies.

Published: October 15, 2018, 11:13 am

    Moscow

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a Russian MP and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) says his country even has “S-600” and “S-700” air defense systems.

    Zhirinovsky was responding to comments on the recent delivery of the S-300 missile defense systems to Syria.

    “S-300 has interested them [the United States],” he told a TV audience on Thursday as a guest on a current affairs talk show hosted by journalist Vladimir Soloviev.

    “They had [previously] paid no attention whatsoever to some S-300. But now they’re scared, because Israel, the United States’ close ally, is scared — S-300s are nearby. Every jet — not just Israeli — every military jet may be destroyed.

    “The Americans are scared in general, they are scared that the world’s best air defense system is Russia’s S-300. And we [also] have S-400, S-500, S-600, and S-700. We can shut down the whole planet, and no plane will [be able to] take off,” the MP said.

    The host joked that Zhirinovsky should not give away all secrets by mentioning the “dreaded S-1500 system”.

    But the politician dismissed his warning, saying that the S-700 will “block everyone at the launch points for good, and this will be the last blow of the Russian counter-air defense system”.

    The Russian military deployed the S-400 Triumph defense system in 2007. The S-400 has significantly better performance capabilities in terms of functioning, range as well as the variety of targets.

    Initially, the S-400 was named the S-300PM3 but it was intentionally designed to look like the S-300, so that it would not be recognised easily.

    On Thursday US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert denounced India’s plan to purchase the S-400. “Certainly when we hear about things such as purchasing [Iranian] oil or the S-400 systems, it’s not helpful,” she said.

    US President Donald Trump has warned that India “will soon find out” what punitive measures awaits it under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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