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  Tevet 15, 5778 , 02/01/18

Report: New Russian air defense system at Damascus-area base

Military sources confirmed on Monday that Syrian air defense forces have deployed several heavily-modified S-125 Pechora batteries at the Marj Ruhayyil airbase south of Damascus, according to Iran's Fars News Agency.

Pechora is a Soviet-designed system originally built in the 1960s. The modernized variant in question is reportedly the M2 version, which in addition to having an improved kill probability record, is technically capable of tracking and intercepting low-flying cruise missiles. Fars said, "The upgrading of the Marj Ruhayyil base’s local air defense network is likely a response to the increased number of air attacks carried out by Israeli warplanes against Syrian military assets in the province of Damascus and neighboring regions over the course of 2017."

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