Syrian War Report – October 18, 2018: Israel Is Preparing To Challenge S-300 In Syria


…from SouthFront

Two F-15 warplanes of the US-led coalition accidentally struck a unit of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was involved in the SDF advance on ISIS in the Euphrates Valley, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported on October 17. The strike reportedly killed 6 SDF members and inured 15 others. ISIS terrorists also attacked SDF positions following the incident, according to the report.

Despite initial claims by the SDF leadership that the terrorists in the area will soon be defeated there are no signs that the operation will be finished in the near future. The Russian side even claims that the US-led coalition is using the Hajin pocket to justify its illegal presence in the country. So, nobody is hurrying to defeat the terrorists.

The Trump administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russian and Iranian companies involved in the reconstruction of Syria, NBC News reported on October 16 citing defense officials.

According to the report, these sanctions will be a part of further political, diplomatic and economic pressure to force Iran out of Syria and deal with the growing Russian influence.

The NBC News report also claimed that right now the US military is not seeking an open confrontation with Iranian forces in the war-torn country. Nonetheless, it’s obvious that Israel, a key US ally in the region and another support of the large-scale anti-Iranian strategy, will not abandon its attempts to strike alleged Iranian and Iran-linked targets in the war-torn country even despite the recent delivery of Russian-made S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian military.

According to multiple reports circulating in Israeli media, Israel and the US have sent a secret military delegation to Ukraine to train against and test Russian-made S-300 missile defense systems. According to reports, servicemen of the Ukrainian military instructed their US and Israeli counterparts on the capabilities of the air defense system as well as allowed US and Israeli specialists to test it in various possible scenarios.

According to reports, F-15 warplanes have trained against the S-300 in the framework of the Clear Sky 2018 international exercise which includes Israeli and US pilots. It wasn’t immediately clear if the Israeli pilots were flying or merely observing from the ground. However, on October 16, a US pilot and his Ukrainian counterpart died in the crash of a Ukrainian Su-27 warplane.

Due to the nature of independent content, VT cannot guarantee content validity.
We ask you to Read Our Content Policy so a clear comprehension of VT's independent non-censored media is understood and given its proper place in the world of news, opinion and media.

All content is owned by author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images within are full responsibility of author and NOT VT.

About VT - Read Full Policy Notice - Comment Policy


  1. There is no info yet on how the Su-27 came to fail other than it came straight down with nothing untoward reported by the pilot. They now have the flight recorder. That particular Su-27 had not gone through any modernization unlike some others in the UkAF fleet. The accident happened 3-400 miles from Russia so Russian EWF as suggested seems unlikely.

    The USAF Lt Col was air liaison at the Exercise HQ and the UkAF Col was i/c air operations in eastern Ukraine so a tragic loss whichever way you look at it.

  2. The Ukrainian S-300 are going to be a few generations back from those now in Syria. Also it is fairly likely that the Syrian S-300 will spend much of their time in radar blackout with their own turned off, relying on feeds from the RuAF S-400s (especially the one in the Masyaf mountains) and S-300V4 for launch control. Those RuAF units will be full fat latest specification.

    As important will be the Russian EW and they won’t have that in Ukraine. The real advance that the IAF faces is a proper modern layered IADS and that is what is needed to train against, not a random couple of obsolete S-300 systems.

  3. For what it’s worth. US bombed the SDF intentionally. The intent? To prolong the life of ISIS in Syria. Not the first time, and not the last. Is it possible? Yes. Also, possible but not talked about. The Ukrainian SU27 was disabled and crashed due to Russian EWF defense weapon.

  4. I have to mention: S-300 is not the newest defensive system and was upgraded many many times. The Ukrainian S-300 are old and their capabilities are not modern as those S-300 in Russia. They may test it as they want. The same is about S-300 in Greece. Export models are always sold with reduced capabilities. Those systems that are on duty in Russia…. Well, no one will tell you the true tact.techn.characteristics.

Comments are closed.