Report: Russia sells Syria anti-aircraft systems

Syria has begun delivery the first batch of anti-aircraft missile and gun range land-based Pantsyr-S1E anti-aircraft defense systems (SA-22 E in NATO terminology), the Web site of Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported Saturday. The report, based on wires from the arms-related branch of the Russian Tass news agency, cited a previously signed agreement between Syria and Russia for the purchase of 50 sets of the system for a total of about $900 million. According to other sources, however, the signed deal included only 34-36 systems.