Image Sat International shows three S-300 batteries installed in the Masyaf (western Hama) countryside.

Russian-manufactured S-300 air defence systems, which have already been put on combat duty in Syria, may pose a “serious threat” to Israel Defence Forces (IDF) planes, according to National Interest contributor Mark Episkopos.

Describing the S-300 deployment to Syria as a “deconfliction measure”, Episkopos argues that “Russia took so long to deploy these systems” not only because Syrian servicemen had to be trained how to operate the S-300s but also due to “Moscow’s strategic caution”.

“Russian strategic command may have hoped to deter further Israeli airstrikes with the threat of inactive S-300’s being stockpiled in Syria, without having to take the added escalatory risk of deploying them,” he noted.

These hopes “were dashed” after the recent wave of Israeli airstrikes on Syria, which Episkiopos claims might have been the “final straw” that prompted Moscow to deploy the S-300 systems in the Arab Republic.

In this regard, he went on to note that the S-300 batteries may become a potential threat to IDF aircraft “operating within western Syrian airspace where the Assad regime’s government forces are heavily concentrated”.

The author also suggested that the S-300 deployment may prove a “source of Russian leverage against Israel in Syrian deconfliction negotiations”, scheduled for later this month in Moscow.

His remarks came after Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat International (iSi) reported about the erection of three S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) launchers in Syria.

ISI claimed that “due to the current regional tension and the detected erection of the launchers it is possible that the mentioned activity indicates an increase of the operational level and alertness”.

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With Israel and Syria repeatedly exchanging fire, the latest Israeli airstrike hit what was described by the Jewish state as Iranian targets in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport. Syrian air defences reportedly destroyed over 30 Israeli missiles and guided bombs during the airstrike.

On 2 October 2018, Moscow delivered S-300s to Damascus in a bid to boost the security of Russian troops deployed in the Middle Eastern country.

The air defence upgrade was announced after a Russian military plane was downed on 17 September by a missile launched by a Syrian S-200 air defence system targeting Israeli F-16 jets that were carrying out airstrikes in Syria’s coastal region.

The Russian Defence Ministry blamed the Il-20 crash on the Israeli Air Force (IAF), claiming that its warplanes used the Russian aircraft as a shield against Syrian air defence systems. 15 Russian servicemen died in the accident.

Israel, in turn, claimed that it warned Moscow about the upcoming air raid in the area in a timely fashion.

 

 

Source: Sputnik, National Interest

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The missile systems are not a threat to Israel per say.
If the Israelis stop their unprovoked attacks on Syria, the missiles will not have to be used against hostile Israeli jet fighters. That is not a very difficult concept.

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@FairsFair, absolutely! US’ Israel aficionados often overlook this.

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Remember that TNI was founded by “the godfather of neoconservatism” Irving Kristol, the advisory council was chaired by James Schlesinger (Nixon’s + Ford’s Sec of Defense and Carter’s Sec of Energy. Note that US’ nukes are not in DoD’s control put under the Sec. of Energy’s control) and is now chaired by Charles G. Boyd, a former 4 stars general now director of program at the CFR, he bombed Vietnam and was one of the brasses of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). and the magazine’s honorary chairman is Henry Kissinger which is wanted by Interpol and ICC on war crimes… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux. Quit talking out of your own a**e. It’s just so laughable that world has to see your retarded comments that have nothing to do with the numerous articles you commented on 🙂

You are the result of a failed abortion, now go back to sleep… with your Mum 😉

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@George, the approach that looks at background and finances of who publishes what opinion and does what in international politics is extremely useful.

You can apply it to UN officials and US publications … and find connections that explain who shares what political views. LOL

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wind your neck in – complete and utter c**t

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@johnny was, after You, my dear proctalgia.

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George : your mother is also your sister, your family is well known for its long tradition of 100% consanguinity, that’s why you’re all retards.
Sleeping on my mothers’ grave wouldn’t be very comfortable BTW.

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“In this regard, he went on to note that the S-300 batteries may become a potential threat to IDF aircraft “operating within western Syrian airspace where the Assad regime’s government forces are heavily concentrated”. => Except that IDF aircraft don’t enter Syrian airspace! Actually, they don’t even need to do so since they have stand-off weapons that can strike 35km further than Palmyra without leaving Israel’s airspace!!!!! Let me be clear : – Episkopos blindly promotes the F-35 without having a single time taken in account the DOT&E reports which highlighted the MANY issues of the program. I’m not saying… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, You are right, the military facts are wrong and solely to promote a view. Plus IDF aircraft is only in danger when constantly attacking Syria.

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Stern : the only view promoted here is “Israel must buy more F-35” which is absolutely ridiculous : the best option for them to replace their ageing F-15 and F-16 would be going Rafale… Or waiting for Advanced Super Hornet or F-15SE Silent-Eagle, or maybe going Mig-35+Su-35+Su-57 and highly customising these. In the end, even the Russian solution wouldn’t be the best bang for the buck : the customised Indian Su-30MKI with the new radar absorbing skin (coming from Su-35) ends as expensive as Rafale with less payload, less stealth, less range and less reliability… India gave up with the… Read more »

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IDF is not endangered when doing strikes in Syria, and a few S-300batteries won’t change anything, IDF will just have to be more careful or, what is likely to happen, wipe out the S-300 batteries. It’s Syria endangering itself by allowing weapons transfers to UNSC-banned Hezbollah and going on with their stupid cold-war on Israel together with Iran. As soon as Syria will stop this irrational behaviour, strikes will stop. Sincerely, you don’t expect IDF quietly waiting until Hezb can stockpile enough rockets to swarm Iron-Dome and mix the explosives with nuclear waste coming from Iranian civilian nuclear power-plants, do… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, You have a point. The National Interest has agenda. Its founders are pro US, Israel and arms lobby. BTW. You cannot randomly use acronyms. LOL TNI = The National Interest is the US international affairs magazine published by the Center for the National Interest. It is associated with the realist school of foreign policy thought. It was founded in 1985 by neoconservative Irving Kristol. The Center for the National Interest is a Washington, D.C.-based public policy think tank. The Center was established in 1994 by former US President Nixon as the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom. TNI =… Read more »

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Since the article clearly speaks about ‘The National Interest’, the acronym seems OK, isn’t it? TNI is not so pro-Israel, in fact, one of their main writers even wrote a book about how the USA/Israel relations often damaged US interests… Nixon was a anti-Semitic and a serious a$$hole while Kissinger is a clear anti-Zionist (despite some Jewish DNA) and long unpunished criminal records, actually, he’s the worst war-criminal still around. You have all the Nixon clan in. Where you don’t miss the point : TNI is one of the main ‘think-tanks’ for the arms lobby where the #1 lobbyist is… Read more »