Sputnik: Assad Explains Why Syrian Air Defense Did Not Down US Cruise Missiles21 April 2017 | 15:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Assad told Sputnik that over 50 percent of Syrian air defenses had been destroyed by terrorists.
"We don't have to give a precise number now, because as you know it's military information, but I can tell you more than fifty percent," Assad said of the destroyed air defense systems.
He explained the systems' inability to take down US Tomahawk missiles on April 7 as "technically complicated because the missile must see its target."
"Technically, it's complicated, because the missile must see its target, let's say, our missile, and to see it you need a radar that can see every angle of the country which is impossible because you're talking about terrain and topography, and as you know the cruise missiles use [the] terrain in order to hide from the radar," Assad said.
Terrorist attacks were the second reason behind the Syrian air defense system's inability to shoot down the Tomahawks, Assad added.
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