Israeli Arrow-3 missile used to shoot down Syrian missiles fired at Israeli planes

Syrian S-200


… from  Southfront

Israeli Arrow

[ Editor’s Note: We have had the usual questions today about why Russia does not shoot down the Israeli planes. We are privy to no direct sources on the matter, but Moscow’s language on the use of its air defenses has always been very specific — that they were to protect Russian facilities and troops.

The unsaid was quite clear. Syria has air defenses. Israel consistently says it strikes only to take out sophisticated arms getting to Hezbollah – code for modern anti-armor and air defense goodies. They break the rules when they want, like the times they have flown fire support missions for their hard-pressed opposition buddies fighting Damascus.

The US embarrassed Israel this week, kind of, in a very coy critique of “an ally” using a Patriot missile to shoot down a little quad copter $200 drone. The US Pentagon spokesman, who did not name the country, was still giving it a public spanking over the cost versus benefit ratio on that transaction, maybe because we have a deal to cover their Patriot costs with free restocking. Screwing the taxpayers is the national sport in the defense industry.

Suspicious me, the story sounded fishy. I have not made any calls to find out yet, but their radars being able to pick up a quad copter seems a bit stretched to me. They are mostly plastic, which defeats radar, plus, hovering craft do not have a predictable trajectory for a typical missile battery to lock onto. I think the Pentagon story might have been a ruse.

Syrian S-200

What is not a ruse is the missiles the Syrians fired; the trigger was pulled on them as the Israeli planes were on afterburner coming in. Their tactic is to come in fast, get within range to fire their own missiles and then bogey out on after burner to get out of range.

The trigger on the S-200s (which must be modernized) has to be pulled when they are incoming to have time to get them returning. VT has confirmation that one plane did go down in the Golan Heights, and one was damaged.

We might have had Israel using Patriots here to defend their returning planes if a salvo of defensive Syrian missiles were coming after them, not just their own Sparrows. That would have the Patriots being used as part of an attack on Hezbollah, in the stated Palmyra area who was fighting ISIS, thus a fire support missile for ISIS.

If anyone tells you sophisticated weapons were being smuggled into or through Palmyra – that is hardly a logical transportation route. Where in the hell could they have come from; a donation from the Saudis via ISIS in Deir Ezzor? I don’t think soJim W. Dean ]


– First published …  March 17, 2017

Video and photos show the remnants of Israeli Arrow-3 missiles used to shoot down Syrian anti-air missiles launched against Israeli warplanes.

The Syrian military claimed on March 17 that Syrian air defense troops had downed an Israeli warplane and damaged another one after they hit some “military target” near Palmyra. Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces denied any losses.



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