Israeli Air Force F-16s may have used the country’s newest air defence-evading ‘Rampage’ air-to-surface missiles (ASM) during their Saturday strike against a military facility in western Syria, independent defence analyst Babak Taghvaee has reported.

According to the analyst, the missiles were used “due to the danger” posed by Syrian Air Defence Force S-300PM-2s, which were delivered to the country by Russia last October following the accidental downing of a Russian plane during an Israeli air raid on Syria.

The Israeli military has not commented on the claims.

The Rampage missile was introduced last year, with developers boasting that the missile “allows us to strike under conditions we’ve never had before”. The all-weather weapon can be deployed aboard IAF F-15s, F-16s and F-35s, and can travel over 140 km at supersonic speeds, guided by an onboard GPS system.

Crucially, the missile is designed to strike high-value targets at standoff ranges, meaning it can be launched by aircraft which can then return to a safe distance, before enemy air defences have a chance to respond.

Israeli aircraft reportedly struck a military facility in Masyaf in the Syrian countryside outside the city of Hama in the early hours of Saturday morning, with multiple buildings destroyed and at least three Syrian troops injured. Syrian air defences reported downing several enemy projectiles, with social media users posting videos of efforts to repel the attack.

Before and after photos of a possible Iranian missile factory in Syria
© PHOTO : IMAGESAT INTERNATIONAL (ISI)

Israeli satellite intelligence firm ImageSat International said the strikes targeted an ‘Iranian’ missile factory operating inside Syria, but admitted that their images could not verify ‘Iranian control’ over the facility, nor the site’s status as a missile factory, pointing to a lack of actual missiles or launchers in the compound.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes across Syria in recent years, while accusing Tehran of using the war-torn country as a foothold for a possible future military attack against Tel Aviv.

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Tehran has denied these claims, but has admitted to providing military advisors, arms, and other assistance to Syria at Damascus’ request to help the country in its fight against Islamist terrorism. Israeli attacks against Syria declined late last year following the deployment of Russian-made S-300 air defence batteries in the country.

The Russian military delivered the systems to Syria in response to an incident in which a Syrian-operated S-200 accidentally shot down a Russian Il-20 military aircraft over the Mediterranean while attempting to defend against an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 Russian service members on board.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Syria should use its assets to target threatening Israeli aircraft. They might have more trouble evading Russian missiles.

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Yes, you are right but they are not allowed by Putin.

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agreed.

There is an un-said truth that Putin does not want Iran to be “too comfortable” as he knows this will cause ongoing tension in the area. While many despise Israel their co-operation is needed for relative peace in the region.

Take your pick, pride OR peace

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I’d rather say that Putin simply does not want to be among Israel’s political target list or be submitted to useless and avoidable trouble in its plan for hegemony in Syria. Of course he does not fear their military but knows they can be quite the nuisance along with uncle Sam if the situation spirals out of control, so they keep warm relation. There is also his personal connection with Bibi, both being extreme-right ultra-nationalistic rulers at home after all, just like Trump, Orban, Bolsonaro, Salvini and the like. There is a known alchemy here reported by a lot of… Read more »

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Neither Bibi nor Putin are far-right. They’re classic right-wing a$$holes. If you want far-right, call Khamenei or Erdogan. You may be surprised by Trump if you go back in time. His colourful loud-mouthed behaviour s directly from his time as a TV anchor, this is a character and he obviously uses tricks he himself learnt from it, but he’s simply telling low-life creeps what they want to hear, in fact, he started as a DEM, saw he had no results, switheched as IND, then as a REP, then a 2nd cycle… Had he got the DEM investiture, he’d have talked… Read more »

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“Most glaring examples of this were their constant cover and military aid for Islamist militias entrenched in the Quneitra region of the Golan” => NOPE : they provided military help to Golan Knights and another smaller Druze group, these patrolled the UNDOF DMZ to avoid jihadist attempts of infiltrations. This infuriated Nusra who attacked Druzes towns/cities, Israel let armed Israeli-Druzes crossing the border and sent AH-64s to calm down Nusra. As soon as SAA retook the areas around, Golan Knights immediately filled in the reconciliation process. Note that ISIS shelled 2x into Israel and once shot at border-guards, they ended… Read more »

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“NOPE : they provided military help to Golan Knights and another smaller Druze group, these patrolled the UNDOF DMZ to avoid jihadist attempts of infiltrations. This infuriated Nusra who attacked Druzes towns/cities, Israel let armed Israeli-Druzes crossing the border and sent AH-64s to calm down Nusra.” => Uttter propaganda : Neither Nusra or ISIS ever “calmed down”, and were only attacked ONCE after Bibi started his proceedings with Putin who asked him to back down from rebels altogether in exchange for moving Iranian-affiliated militias 80km away from the border, which happened in the end, and it’s all good for me,… Read more »

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“Israel with any excuse to escalate further without risking a UNSC Resolution” => No risk with Trump. In fact, since Hezb refused to disarm following UNSC Res.1701, IDF is now entitled, as any UN state BTW, at disarming them by force. Lebanon has became a puppet state to Iran, thanks to weak dudes like Aoun and traitors like Nabih Berri and Nasrallah. “Israel is currently, and has long been, the single biggest cause of conflagration in this region, hands down” => Cheap scapegoating! PLO started the Lebanese Civil War, as they previously tried in Jordan! Hafez finally understood how Arafat… Read more »

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Man you are unbelievable. Of the three outlets that you used to support your plain propaganda lies, the first two are renowned and dismissed as far-right anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian troll farms affiliated with Likud and the Shas, are you even seriously considering one can believe their pseudo-quotes that never were from none other than PLO leaders ? let me laugh man, you are now resorting to the lowest, cheapest, most abysmal kind of claims to keep having an ounce of a chance to counter my painful factual approach that you adresses absolutely NOWHERE in your latest post, once more, you… Read more »

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Exact Curtis… In fact, it’s commonly understood that – Syria’s neutrality is NECESSARY to stabilise the region. – Iranian imperialist projects (and Turkish too) can only have a single result : an all out regional war that would be induced either by Erdog or by Khamenei fantasies and are neither Turkey’s nor Iran’s interests to satisfy the follies of their irrational leaders that can only lead them to the demise of the country which, in both cases, is nowhere near to have a rock solid economy. And it will cost big money to everybody to take them out but be… Read more »