The most recent US-led missile strike against Syria was a military failure, with for example only three out of 13 missiles fired at the Homs airfield actually reaching the target, and the rest being shot down by air defense systems, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced.
In a statement issued by Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov during a briefing in Moscow, it was revealed that the strike “targeted research centers and military facilities, including airfields,” but that none of the airfields “received severe damage thanks to the air defense systems in place.”
“The real targets of the attacks of the US, Britain and France on April 14 were not only Barzah and Jaramani research facilities, but also Syrian military infrastructure, including airfields,” Major-General Konashenkov said.
“None of the airfields suffered significant damage” in the attack due to being protected by the air defense systems, he added.
All of the US-led coalition missiles targeting the Duvali, Dumayr, Blai and Shayrat airfields were intercepted by the Syrian military, Major-General Konashenkov continued.
The Homs airfield was hit by three missiles out of the 13 that were fired at it, with five out of nine rockets downed before reaching the Mezzeh airbase, he added.
Washington and its allies also used 30 missiles against the much less protected Barzah and Jaramani research facilities, with only four of them being intercepted.
The Syrian air defense required 112 surface-to-air missiles to bring down most of the 103 missiles launched against the country by the US, UK and France. The Russian-made Pantsir-S1 and Soviet-made S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa systems, used by the Syrian military, intercepted a total 71 rockets, Major-General Konashenkov said.
During his appearance at a tax event in Florida on Monday, Donald Trump claimed that all of the coalition missiles fired at Syria hit their targets, with none of them being intercepted. The US president previously praised the attack, calling it “a perfectly executed strike” that “couldn’t have had a better result.”
The Pentagon claimed that the attack targeted chemical weapons sites of the Syrian government, despite the fact Damascus had destroyed all of its chemical stockpiles in 2013 and 2014 under international supervision.