Putin says Russia perfected weapons based on Syria campaign

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the military's combat experience gained in Syria has helped develop new weapons systems.

Russia has waged a campaign in Syria since September 2015, helping turn the tide of war in favour of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian military has used the conflict to test its new jets, cruise missiles and other weapons in combat for the first time.

Speaking yesterday at a meeting focusing on military industries, Putin said that new Russian weapons excel their foreign equivalents.

Putin singled out the new Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Su-57 fighter jet, the S-500 air defence system and the Armata battle tank, which are set to enter service in the coming years.

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