from Russia Insider:
The controversial American/English/French coalitions missile strikes in Syria last night have resulted in minimal damage to the Syrian army, as ZeroHedge overviews.
According to Russian and Syrian media, Out of the 103 Tomahawk Missiles utilized by coalition forces against the Syrian army targets, 71 were successfully deflected by the Syrian army using outdated 30 year old Soviet era anti aircraft systems.
The state media reported that three Syrians were injured by the strikes, with no military personnel killed. The Dumeir military airfield, one of the coalition targets, emerged completely unharmed.
It seems this entire attack appears to have been a hollow show of force as the Syrians have emerged unscathed.
Here’s the report from Russian TV News with English subs. Full transcript below:
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense the Syrian air defense shot down a considerable part of the missiles.
Evgeny Nippot knows what equipment the country has for the air defense.
That is a salvage of the Tomahawk missile shot down by the Syrian air defense. The Syrian authorities tried to maintain the operability of the air defense systems, despite the exhausting conflict in the country.
Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the Natsionalnaya Oborona magazine: “The Syrian army was trained and equipped with the help of the Soviet Union. For the last several years, the Russian servicemen have been operating in Syria, and they helped the Syrians to plan and conduct ground operations against the terrorists and militants. It’s clear that today Syria has only two military allies, which are Russia and Iran.”
The base of the Syrian air shed is made up of the Soviet equipment, mainly the S-75, S-125 and S-200 complexes.
Victor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the Arsenal Otechestva magazine: “Moreover, Russia has supplied Buk M2E mid-range air-defense complexes but this is about an insignificant quantity, about 1 or 2 battalions. Pantsir S air defense systems were also supplied, about 40 units. Apparently, 8 batteries with 4 units in each are defending mostly facilities in Damascus, and 2 batteries with 8 units each are used for training the air-defense specialists.”