US Magazine: Syria’s S-300 Pose A Serious Threat To Israel
US magazine says satellite images confirmed that Syria’s S-300 missile system is ready to confront Israel, saying it poses a serious threat to the Israeli air force.
According to the National Interest magazine, the images taken by the Israeli Eros-B satellite indicate that the S-300 surface-to-air missile launchers erected in Syria, have been handed over combat missions a few days ago.
The article says 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,” the magazine noted.
“These hopes were dashed after the recent wave of Israeli airstrikes, which might have been ‘final straw’ that prompted Moscow to deploy the S-300 systems in Syria”. The magazine says.
The magazine went on to note that the S-300 batteries may become a potential threat to Israeli aircraft “operating within western Syrian airspace where the Syrian government forces are heavily concentrated”
Russia decided to supply S-300 system after Moscow accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of the Russian IL-20 Surveillance plane, which was shot down on September 17 over the Mediterranean Sea by a missile mistakenly fired by Syrian forces from the S-200 during the Israeli air strike, the incident killed 15 Russian servicemen.