Defense analysts are trying to confirm whether Russia has deployed a high-end air defense system to Libya. Pictures that circulated on social media appear to show a large radar and vertical missile tubes near Ra’s Lanuf in the east of the country. This could be the famous S-300, or the even more potent S-400 missile system. If so it could help tip the scales in the favor of Russia and its local allies against Turkish-backed forces.
The images were first posted online by Twitter user KRS Intl, who tracks the conflict in Libya. They were taken within the last few days.
From these first images there is a broad consensus among analysts that I have spoken to that the radar looks most like the Russian 96L6E model. This is a target acquisition radar associated with the S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. It is also used with the newer and more powerful S-400 Triumf system. NATO gives this