Israel Contends with Russia's S-300 Air Defense System in Syria

(MEMRI) Col. (ret.) Yigal Carmon - With Russia's equipping Syria with S-300s, the Russians risk a major military and technological debacle. They will learn that Israeli-American technology is far superior to Russia's. That also goes for the S-400 that Russia already has in place in Syria for its own defense. Israeli planes were already back over Haifa when the Russian Ilyushin spy plane was shot down by the Syrians. The Russians argue that the radar picture showed an Israeli plane using the Ilyushin as a shield. A possible explanation for this, revealed by Ha'aretz, is that the radar picture available to the Russians was not actual, but was the product of Israel's electronic warfare. Given that this will continue to be part of any future Israeli bombing, the advanced Russian missile defense systems will be rendered no longer marketable. The writer, former counter-terrorism advisor to two Israeli prime ministers, is President of MEMRI.

2018-10-08 00:00:00

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