Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has described the military equipment used by Russia in Syria as perfect.
“I cannot fail to mention our defense industry, which has cooperated with us closely. They update the equipment and remedy shortcomings. Let me say that a lot has been done during this period [of Russia’s military campaign in Syria], and I can say that today our military equipment today can certainly be considered sophisticated, perfect equipment that meets the current requirements and the conditions of conducting a battle,” he told the Rossiya 24 television on Saturday.
Shoigu specifically noted Russian-made air defense systems. “As for air defense systems, I do not know any other examples when more cruise missiles were shot down during attacks,” he said.
Russia began its military operation in Syria on September 30, 2015, at the request from legitimate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. On December 11, 2017, Russian President Putin said, addressing Russian military servicemen at Hmeymim airbase, that the operation was over and ordered to reduce the number of Russian troops in that country.