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World How Good Is Russia's Missile Defense?

00:06  16 may  2018
00:06  16 may  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

Russia shows off military hardware in Red Square parade

  Russia shows off military hardware in Red Square parade Russia rolled out its latest military hardware on Moscow's Red Square on Thursday for the annual parade to mark Soviet victory over the Nazis as President Vladimir Putin begins his fourth Kremlin term. "Our people fought to the death. Not one country faced such an invasion," Putin said in a speech as veterans and some 13,000 troops marched past in a perfectly choreographed military spectacle marking 73 years since victory in World War II. Much of the new military equipment on display has been tested out in Syria, the defence ministry said. Altogether the parade featured 159 types of hardware including 75 aircraft.

Israeli strikes on targets in Syria last week took out several Russian missile defense systems and raised questions about the viability of Moscow’ s military equipment. Israeli fighter jets had targeted Iranian bases in retaliation for Iranian strikes on the Golan Heights

Israeli strikes on targets in Syria last week took out several Russian missile defense systems and raised questions about the viability of Moscow’ s military

Mikoyan MiG-31K fighter jets with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles are seen during the Victory Day military parade marking the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War II Victory at Red Square on May 9 in Moscow.: 956810810© Wang Xiujun/China News Service/VCG/Getty Images 956810810 Israeli strikes on targets in Syria last week took out several Russian missile defense systems and raised questions about the viability of Moscow’s military equipment.

Israeli fighter jets had targeted Iranian bases in retaliation for Iranian strikes on the Golan Heights, and they also hit Russian missile defense equipment during the strike. The Russian missile defense system that was hit combines surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery. But Israel’s military released videos of the strikes showing the Russian-made defense systems getting hit by the Israeli missiles.

Iran targets Israeli bases across Syrian frontier, Israel pounds Syria

  Iran targets Israeli bases across Syrian frontier, Israel pounds Syria Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011.JERUSALEM/BEIRUT- Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011.

Israeli strikes on targets in Syria last week took out several Russian missile defense systems and raised questions about the viability of Moscow’ s military equipment. Israeli fighter jets had targeted Iranian bases in retaliation for Iranian strikes on the Golan Heights, and they also hit Russian missile .

Israeli strikes on targets in Syria last week took out several Russian missile defense systems and raised questions about the viability of Moscow’ s military equipment. Israeli fighter jets had targeted Iranian bases in retaliation for Iranian strikes on the Golan Heights, and they also hit Russian missile .

Speaking to Russian television on Friday, Aytech Bizhev, a former Russian Air Force deputy commander-in-chief, defended the system by alleging that it was either out of ammunition or was disabled. He argued that the missile defense system would never have been hit if it were working properly.

"When it's battle ready, it performs constant surveillance of enemy aircraft and has a very fast reaction time. It would've brought down those cruise missiles with either its cannons or own missiles,” he told RT.

Moscow has long praised the advanced missile defense systems it has in place in Syria, and Russian officials have suggested that their systems could strike down any U.S. missiles lobbed into the country. Still, Russia and the U.S. have avoided coming to blows in Syria, even when Washington hit the targets of the Russian-backed Syrian government.

Nevertheless, Moscow has deployed its most advanced air defense system in Syria, the S-400, according to the according to the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

“During the Cold War, the Soviet Union invested heavily in its air defense systems. As a result, Russia now possesses some of the most advanced air and missile defense systems in the world. Russian air defense systems are also highly proliferated and are currently in use by dozens of nations around the world,” CSIS reported.

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17 .
The Netherlands and Australia are holding Russia legally responsible for the downing nearly four years ago of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over war-ravaged eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people on board. The announcement Friday came a day after international investigators announced that the missile system that brought down the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight came from a Russia-based military unit.Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok says that following that conclusion, "the government is now taking the next step by formally holding Russia accountable.

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