The JY-27 ‘Wide Mat’ long-range early warning radar which was reported destroyed during the 20 January Israeli Air Force strike on the Damascus airport has been successfully restored, the Sina news portal has reported, citing fresh satellite photos of the airport and the surrounding area.

According to the portal, media reportsabout the destruction of the JY-27 were premature, since the strike appeared to have destroyed only the JY-27’s antenna, not its transmitter, with Syrian air defence troops able to simply replace the antenna with a spare and turn the system back on. “Otherwise, it would be much more difficult to redeploy the radar,” Sina indicated.

Sina suggested that Israel targeted the radar system repeatedly for its “good anti-stealth capability”, including its alleged ability to detect IAF F-35s.
Ultimately, the portal indicated that Syria may strengthen defences around the Damascus airport by deploying its newly-received S-300 missile systems in the area, combining these with Syria’s existing stock of SA-11 and Pantsir-S1 air defences, creating a relatively large “challenge” for the IAF.

Israel has conducted hundreds of strikes in Syria, with the latest attack taking place last weekend against an alleged ‘Iran-linked’ missile factory in Hama province. Tel Aviv has accused Tehran of attempting to establish a foothold in Syria for a possible future military attack against Israel.

Iranian officials have insisted that the country’s presence in Syria, limited to military advisers, arms and technical assistance, was provided to Syria at Damascus’ behest to help the country in its fight against Islamist terrorism.

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The frequency of Israeli attacks declined last year after the deployment of Russian-made S-300 air defence batteries in the war-torn country, but has not halted them entirely, with the IAF resorting to launching attacks from Lebanese airspace to hinder an effective defence, and reportedly using new standoff munitions to allow its planes to evade Syrian defences.

Israel launched a series of cruise missiles and guided bomb strikes against alleged ‘Iranian’ and ‘Iranian-linked’ sites in Syria on 20 and 21 January after an alleged Iranian rocket was intercepted over the Golan Heights.

The strikes, concentrated on the Damascus International Airport, left 11 people dead, including four Syrian troops. According to the Russian military, Syrian air defences managed to intercept over 30 cruise missiles.

However, some projectiles made it through, destroying or damaging multiple warehouse buildings, and seeming to destroy the JY-27 radar, and several Pantsir systems. The airport’s main building remained untouched.

 

Source: Sputnik

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The best “defense” weapon for Syria should be the Iskander ! Israel would know that after any attack a Iskander missile would hit a military base inside Israel. That’s the best defense. Forget about the S300 just ( maybe ) able to shoot down an A/C flight gently ( no behind mountains ) overhead Syria.

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You’re right Emile, and that is I’m afraid exactly why Putin will never grant the Syrian armed forces with such a key tactical game-changer. More generally, we can consider a thumb rule stating that any weapon-system with a certified capacity to incur severe and unacceptable level of damage to Israeli military infrastructure will be forbidden and withheld from their inventories and control. That is the core agreement obtained from Nuttanyahu in his many dealings with the Tzar over the past years : no “dangerous” hardware in the hands of Damascus giving them even remotely even odds that would make us… Read more »

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You all forgot how during 2016 Putin offered to Assad Syria to be officially protected by Russian Federation (of course with a long term agreement and a bunch of contracts like Armenia is now under the military umbrella of Russia). However, Assad declined (not sure why). So, Putin obviously wasn’t so happy about that. Even that he respected Assad decision but he made it clear Russia is not going to protect Syria from foreign countries (since Assad declined). Russia will protect Syria only from terrorists. That’s why boys and girls Russia has its own reservations to not get involved between… Read more »

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It wil be destroyed again and again……Syria has not weapons to defense itselft from Israel missiles. S/300 is totally useless, Parkin 50% efficient, and so on.

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Russia has already given Israel S300 information how its work and how to avoid being detected. Russia cannot be trusted when it comes to Israel. Russia looking for their own intrest. rather then their allies. Russia also supporting turkey against Syria and iran. its upto SAA/Iraq/Iran Hezbollah and Iraqi ressitance.