Russia will teach Israel to interoperate properly with the S-300 complexes
Moscow and Tel Aviv negotiate additional protocols to prevent incidents in
the skies over Syria
Google translation – Izvestia 7 October 2016
The Israeli military has asked the Ministry of Defense of the Russian
Federation with a request to agree on additional protocols and
interoperability rules in connection with the strengthening of Russian air
defense groups in Syria and redeployment to anti-aircraft missile system
“Antey-2500″ (C-300V4). This was reported by “Izvestia ” informed
military-diplomatic source. Israeli experts believe that additional
security measures are required, but based on the fact that the actions of
the Russian Federation – is primarily a warning for the United States.
– Within the framework of the existing hotline Israeli side has sent us a
request to agree on new protocols and rules of engagement, to supplement
existing mechanisms, concerted military departments of the two countries
after the start of operation of the Military Space Forces in Syria, – says
the source of “Izvestia” -. The need for such a step they explain the
emergence of more Syria air defense forces. We are currently preparing a
response that will be sent in accordance with all agreed procedures.
Information about the transfer to the Syrian port of Tartus Division SAM
“Antey-2500″ has appeared a few days earlier and was interpreted by the
expert community as Moscow’s response to Washington’s decision to stop the
dialogue on Syria.
Head of the program “The military balance in the Middle East” in the Tel
Aviv Institute for the Study of National Security (INSS) Yiftah Shapir told
“Izvestia” that Israel can not ignore the appearance near its border such a
serious system, as “Antey-2500″.
– We need to ensure that the errors will not be – emphasizes Israeli
expert -. Israel is interested in maintaining good relations with Russia and
its additional protocols are necessary because “Anteia” will be placed close
to our territory and will be able to hit targets, including over northern
According to Shapira, Israel is also interested to be able to operate in the
airspace of Syria in the event of threats to its security.
– Since 2011, Israel has at least several times been forced to operate in
the airspace of Syria, to prevent the transfer of sophisticated weapons to
the Lebanese movement “Hezbollah” – explains the analyst -. These systems
may violate the freedom of the Israeli Air Force, and therefore must be
negotiated in advance.
However, according to Shapiro, wary of Russian air defense systems is not so
much to Israel, how many other countries.
– It looks like a US political signal that they did not try to interfere in
the Syrian conflict on someone’s side, – says researcher -. Strengthening of
Russian air defense grouping is easy to explain – even in the most advanced
system operating range is limited. Probably, there was a need to cover a
Russian experts argue that the emergence of a new air defense systems will
increase the possibility of the Russian group in Syria.
– Battalions of S-400 is already on Hmeymim based in Latakia, but one
division of the whole of Syria not prikroesh – says military expert Mikhail
Khodarenok -. The radius of the interception of cruise missiles flying at
extremely low altitude, he has only 15-40 km, depending on the terrain. If
we want to cover the port of Tartus, you have to throw more complex.
Performance characteristics in the C-400 and “Anthea” similar, but the
latter was created for the needs of air defense of ground forces and differs
from object air defense (ie guarding stationary objects -. “Izvestiya”),
which organizes S-300P and S-400 . “Antey” is built on a crawler, it is
like a tank. The complex is characterized by high mobility and can move
together with the troops.
Regarding potential targets for “Anthea” the expert noted that the complex
is particularly good at tasks TMD and intercept cruise missiles.
– The complex “Antey-2500″ two types of missiles – said Khodarenok -. Heavy
9A82 designed to defeat the purposes of aeroballistic – warheads of tactical
and operational-tactical missile systems. Lighter 9A83 intended primarily
for destruction of aerodynamic purposes.