Russia deploys advanced anti-missile system to Syria
Russia has deployed the SA-23 Gladiator anti-missile and anti-aircraft system for the first time outside its borders, FOX News.
Kremlin proceeds to ramp up its military operations in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, according to three US officials telling Fox News.
It comes after Russia's actions led to the collapse of a cease-fire and the cut-off of direct talks with the US.
Components of the SA-23 Gladiator anti-missile and anti-aircraft system, which has a range of roughly 150 miles, arrived over the weekend “on the docks” of a Russian naval base along Syria’s Mediterranean coastal city of Tartus, two US officials said.
It is the first time Russia has deployed the SA-23 system outside its borders, according to one Western official citing a recent intelligence assessment. The missiles and associated components are still in their crates and are not yet operational, according to the officials.
The purpose of Russia's deployment remains unclear yet officials say the new weapon system could potentially counter any American cruise missile attack in Syria.