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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Good news and bad news

The good news is that Bashar al-Assad still controls Syria's chemical weapons. The bad news is that Bashar al-Assad still controls Syria's chemical weapons.
"The missile, rocket and chemical capabilities are remarkably still under control by the current regime," [Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh] Naveh said at the 2012 Conference on Air and Land Jointness in Zichron Ya'acov.

He revealed that Syria has spent $3 billion in recent years on advanced Russian surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems such as the SA-15, SA-17 and SA-22.

"These have already been transferred to the Syrians and may one day be transferred from Syria to Hezbollah," Naveh said. "The existence of these systems creates a reality in which the Israel Air Force will need several hours to first deal with the air defense systems before turning to other missions." The proliferation of these system needs to concern not just Israel, but also the entire world, Naveh said.

Naveh also said that Hezbollah has today 60,000 rockets and missiles, including a number of M600s that have superior range and a high level of accuracy.

Naveh also warned of the growing threat of GPS jammers throughout the region which could undermine the IDF's ability to accurately hit targets inside Lebanon, Gaza or Syria ins a future war.

"The IDF is investing in accurate firepower from the air and precise munitions from the ground," he said. "We will need tens of thousands of precision guided munitions and will need to overcome GPS jamming."
What could go wrong?

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