Syria received its first S-300 system from Russia and deployed it 1.3 km north-west to the Russian S-400 battery
At the end of September 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that it would provide Assad with S-300 batteries. The decision was in response to the Russian plane crash in Syria a few days earlier. Following the promise, came the proof that Russia was moving such systems into the Hmeimim Air Base in Syria.
The days passed, and it was not clear where the Syrians would deploy the new system – until we “caught” it.
Syria was getting ready for receiving the new S-300 battery for few weeks, by constructing new infrastructures and SAM revetments.
High-quality satellite images captured the initial deployment of the S-300 system at a Syrian air defense base near Masyaf. The Russian and the new Syrian S-300 systems are deployed with 1.3 km distance one from each other. Currently, it is not clear whether Syria or Russia control the new one.
It is evident from the images that four S-300 launchers are currently deployed in the newly constructed post, while additional S-300 components are still missing. The launchers were probably transferred to their current location on the third week of October 2018.