Israel expects Russia to deliver advanced long-range air defense system to Iran by next year

KR McKay

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Just getting ready for Ezekiel 38-39, I suppose...

Israel: Iran likely to receive Russian air defense system

Israel expects Russia to deliver advanced long-range air defense system to Iran by next year

Israel's military expects Iran to receive an advanced long-range air defense system by next year.

Military sources said the intelligence community has concluded that despite its denials Russia or its former Soviet allies would supply Iran with the S-300 air defense system.

The sources said Iran has already signed agreements for surplus S-300 systems with at least one former Soviet republic.

"The military is preparing in both word and deed for the arrival of the S-300," a military source said. "The key now is to learn how to deal with this."

The sources said Israel's F-16 multi-role fighter has already been equipped with systems that could detect and alert pilots of any S-300 launch. They did not say how many of the nearly 250 aircraft in the F-16 fleet contain these systems.

The Israel Air Force has acquired classified data on the S-300 for use in pilot training, the sources said. They said combat pilots were employing simulators in mock operations against the S-300.

The simulation was designed by the air force's software department, Ofeq. The scenario was meant to replicate S-300 radar lock-on of an Israeli F-16 multi-role fighter. The pilot was said to receive an alert of the radar lock-on, giving him seconds to maneuver out of danger.

"We can't simulate a real-life situation of a missile that locks on to an airplane," an officer identified only as Maj. Lee, said. "But the rest we could replicate."

The sources said Syria was also expected to acquire the S-300. They said Iran would probably operate any S-300 batteries in Syria.

The S-300 data integrated into the Israeli simulator included the capabilities of the radar, command and control and interceptor. They said the simulator was designed to accommodate any enhancement of the S-300.

"The S-300 missile's maneuvering, the ground terrain — all of these things are elements configured into the algorithms, and we simulate this for the pilot," Lee, who helped design the simulation program, said.

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Sean Osborne

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Not many in officialdom are willing to openly discuss this subject matter. Therefore we basically have to rely on media generatyed OSINT (Open Source INTelligence) for getting some semblance of a picture.

Based upon a number of OSINT reports, it is quite possible that Iran already has the S-300 air defense missile system, in one variation or another, in its inventory. Ditto for Syria.

From August 13, 2007: IDF: Syria's antiaircraft system most advanced in world

Note: Israel suppressed the WHOLE of the Syrian air defense network when it destroyed the North Korean-built plutonium plant the month after this report was published. The electronic countermeasures Israel employed were so powerful and pervasive that it also knocked out commerical electronic systems in neighboring Lebanon for hours on end. The IDF sent a very powerful message to Iran with the overwhelming success of the Syrian operation.

When the strike on Iran occurs the first act will be that of Israel "turning off the lights" across the whole of the country without any difficulty whatsoever. Israel could "turn off the lights" of all enemy nations in the entire Middle East if it wanted or had to do so. In the Psalm 83 war it most probably will do so.