Recent images purportedly show that advanced Russian-built high-altitude air defense systems have recently been deployed to eastern Libya. If such a deployment has indeed taken place, then these systems could well solidify the stalemate that presently exists in that country’s civil war through the establishment of highly formidable air defense bubbles over strategically-important parts of eastern Libya.
The imagery in question appeared on social media and apparently show Russian-built S-300s or S-400s near the oil port of Ras Lanuf on Libya’s coast located east of the strategically-important city of Sirte.
The War Zone’s Thomas Newdick pointed out that the purported deployment follows a recent flight of a Russian An-124 strategic airlifter to Libya’s Al Khadim airbase. He noted that such aircraft would be needed to transport S-300s or S-400s and all their assorted components.
“Il-76 transports – operated both by the Russian military and big contractors – that have been making regular runs to Libya aren’t big enough to handle the larger components of either the S-300 or S-400,”