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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Israeli Brigadier General: 'We have technological solutions to Russia's S-300 system'

This ought to keep Iran and Syria - both of whom have or would like to get the Russian S-300 air defense system - up at night. Buried in the middle of an article on Israel's booming arm exports (okay, they also stuck it in a below the mast headline) in the JPost is this assessment of Israel's ability to respond to the S-300.
Brig.-Gen. Eitan Eshel, head of research and development for the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (known as “Mapat“), said the IDF had access to technological solutions – both operational and under development – to the threat posed by the Russian S-300 air defense system. Moscow has vowed to complete the sale of the system to Damascus, which would threaten IAF activities in the region.
Of course, the real danger of Syria getting the S-300 is that they turn it over to Hezbullah - the chances of Syria using it against Israel right now are remote in the short term. But knowing that Israel has a response ought to make everyone think twice. 

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