The Russian government delivered yesterday the promised S-300 systems, interceptor missiles, radars and other hardware to Syria.

The delivery of Russian air-defense system to Syria is meant to boost the country’s air-defense capabilities in the wake of the downing of the Russian Il-20 military plane.

The system was  unloaded off the world’s largest military transport jet, the Antonov An-124 Rusia (the Condor), designed to carry a payload of 120 tons.

According to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu a total of 49 pieces of military equipment were supplied to Damascus and all of it will be integrated with the Russian anti-air capabilities into a unified air defense control system by October 20, while Syrian crews will be trained to operate the new hardware within three months.

The delivery of S-300 units to Damascus was ordered by President Putin in response to the downing of the Il-20 reconnaissance plane with 15 servicemen on board by Syrian air-defense units during an Israeli raid.

Contributed by Tasnim News Agency