How powerful is Russia’s S-200 missile which landed in Cyprus?

sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more

The stray Russian missile – allegedly launched by the Syrian government – hit the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus in error last night. The surface-to-air projectile was launched in response to Israeli airstrikes on Syria that killed or injured dozens of civilians. No casualties were reported in Cyprus – but experts have said the powerful missile could cause significant damage if strikes its targets.

Related articles
How Putin is outfoxing the US in the race for global dominance
Erdogan MOCKS US as he defies to purchase Russian missiles

As a result, fears have arisen over the archaic but effective weapon, which could potentially take out Turkish targets from its Syrian base.

Soviet engineers began to develop the S-200 missile in the 1950s in order to combat US aircraft such as the B-58 supersonic bomber and the U2 spy plane during the Cold War.

It reached its peak deployment in 1985, where 2030 launchers were placed in the Soviet Union, each with an operational capability of 300km.

More worryingly for Russia and Syria’s enemies, it is a nuclear-capable weapon – meaning it can carry the deadly warheads.

Assad has kept Russia's S200 sites active in SyriaAssad has kept Russia's S200 sites active in Syria (Image: GETTY)

Iran also has S200 missilesIran also has S200 missiles (Image: GETTY)

The ‘Dubna’ model – the latest version – can fire up to 40km in the air, more than enough to take out the majority of aircraft.

With a kill ratio of up to

read more.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV Son of Thorpe's former coach to face 61 charges of child sexual abuse at swim ... mogaznewsen
NEXT Queensland teacher passes out in front of grade-two class while drunk on vodka