3 of the S-300 aerial defense launchers deployed in Masyaf, Syria, have been documented in an erected position in a sattelite image released Israel’s ImageSat International. This may indicate that they are becoming operational.
The released image shows 3 of the 4 launchers in an upright position and the fourth covered by a camouflage net. This is the first sattelite image showing the launchers in an erected position since their arrival from Russia in October.
“Due to the current regional tension and the detected erection of the launchers it is possible that the mentioned activity indicates an increase of the operational level and alertness,” ImageSat said in its assessment of the image.
Earlier, Russian media reported that the S-300 system supplied to Syria will become combat ready in March 2019. However, it seems that this may have already happened.